This week the topic is:

Inspiration. Where do you get your inspiration for writing? When you’re running low on ideas or creative flow, how do you get your inspiration back?

I must admit that since undergoing extensive radiotherapy treatment earlier this year, the muse/mojo has been somewhat elusive, and I’ve been suffering from ‘radiation brain’.  I’ve been out walking a lot as that used to help, but somehow it’s not as effective as it used to be.

However, it’s 5 months on now, and I need to get back in the swing of writing.  I began visiting the website, and have found many ideas there.  Also I started up a monthly ‘Share Your Short Story’ competition on my blog earlier this month.  It makes me write at least one short story a month, and I get to pick my favourite out of all your entries at the end of every month to promote on my newsletter and social media sites.  It’s all free publicity, which  we could all do with!

When I have enough stories I’m going to publish them in a free anthology sometime next year(with the authors’ permissions of course!), thereby gaining the authors even more exposure.

This month the winner was Dawn Smith Gondeck, also known as Mike and Dawn at ‘Random Bits of Trial & Error’, who you can find on Facebook by clicking on the following links:

You can read Dawn’s short story here:

The link to November’s competition will be on my WordPress blog on November 1st

Let’s read about how other blog-hoppers get their muse back.  Click on the link below to find out:

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