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Not in the mood for writing #writing

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You know how sometimes you crawl out of bed almost lifeless and don’t feel like doing much? That’s how I feel this morning, but I carry on and boost my creativity with several cups of tea! (more…)

Advice for budding writers #writing

One one the best pieces of advice I can give budding writers is to buy a camera. You can say so much more with a picture! This picture is the Birmingham canal at Tipton, where I’ll be again next weekend. (more…)

Bohemia–a country of the mind

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A featured article by Mike Maynard


Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers and adventurers. (Wikipedia) (more…)

How to write, just about anything.


I know a few writers around the world and they often complain they have ‘writer’s block’ or they just don’t know what to write. I’ve also helped students who have difficulty writing their term papers or dissertations. (more…)

Inside the mind of a writer

Inside the mind


I think writers start off young, they are dreamers. They say that most writers who write fiction begin by being day dreamers as children. All children have the time to daydream and to imagine all sorts of things. So I suppose all children have the potential to become some kind of writer. (more…)

Creative thinking? #creative

creative thinking


The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.

We all have imagination, so we can all be creative. Right? (more…)

Executive storytelling

Midland Metro picture used for Executive storytelling post


Executive storytelling has become more popular in the past few years. Executives have recognised the need to get their ideas across to consumers, employees and investors. The executive with a vision needs to use words and perhaps pictures to get their vision across to all stakeholders. (more…)

Creativity and learning

Artistic edit of a image

Today’s picture was taken in a place I often go and I’ve taken similar images many times. This time, I did something different, I used a filter and edited the picture differently to create art. Learning is about repetition, we keep practising until we have perfected the skill. (more…)

Want to write for a Zillion Ideas?

Brunswick Park, Wednesbury June 2014

I enjoy writing most of the time, but it is a solitary pursuit and I need to get out in the sunshine sometimes. My other interest is photography, so that works out well. Recently I’ve been trying to do a little more in the community I live in. (more…)

Inspired creativity

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I tend to spend an hour or less writing an article each morning, but is that all there is to it? I might knock them out quite quickly, but there is hours of thought and inspiration first. Even the photography supports the writing, the opening image often helps me find the mood to write. Music  can help too. (more…)

How to become a great writer

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I have read a lot of the work of great writers. Many of my friends are writers and bloggers. I do read a lot of rubbish, that is just boring and you scan through it, without really reading it. Then there are those snippets that are a joy to read. (more…)

Want to be a writer?

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One of the reasons I started A Zillion Ideas was to give people a chance to write and be published. You have to write to gain experience and having your work published concentrates the mind. You try harder when people are reading your work. Fairy Dharawat has written some good posts and more recently she has been joined by Ramya Raju. I would have liked a few people from the UK too!


How to become a writer and photographer

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How hard can it be?

It seems so much easier to become a writer or even a photographer these days. Most people have a computer and a digital camera and the internet provides numerous blogging sites and photo sharing sites. How hard can it be? You can even publish a novel on the internet as a eBook or even have it printed on demand. There are millions of people with blogs on WordPress and BlogSpot.


Volunteers – a valuable resource

A library computers

I saw a voluntary job the other day teaching people the basics of how to use computers. Some people don’t have a clue and have never used a computer. I could do that couldn’t I? I’ve been messing around with computers for years and I own and run this website. I’ve just edited the HTML in this blog post.


Neodigital Art and photography

A Toll End

Neodigital Art is about taking digital photos and scans and trying to create art. I don’t think this photo is very artistic, it’s nice but not exactly unique. It looks very different from the photo that I took in the same place last winter.


Saturday ideas and thoughts

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I don’t usually do sky pictures, they’re boring, but this one is unusual and I’m a bit desperate today. If you look carefully you can see the moon breaking through the clouds. We had another week of financial bad news. Both banks that are partly owned by the tax payer posted losses. Not real losses that would send them into administration like so many High Street businesses; these are just millions and billions lost ‘on paper’.


How to write a Memoire


A guest post by Fairy Dharawat

Mémoire writing always fascinates me. Reading your memoire is like a time capsule – a peek in to your past at a particular time. It is interesting to write about a part of your life which gives you a glimpse of how you have grown. There are many sites that talk about how you can write a memoire and here I give a brief on memoire writing and what it means to write the story of a small part of your life. Let’s talk of memoire writing and how fun and important it can be.


Imagination and creativity


I took this photograph on Sunday of the Ridgacre canal. Not very pretty is it? But look again and use your imagination. What would it look like in summer? If the canal was cleaned out and fish added and then a waterfront cafe built and some other features, would you visit? How about apartments overlooking the waterfront?


How to start a blog


If you want to start a blog, you have to think about a few things. You are going to be publishing articles and maybe photographs too. You can choose a number of ways to do it. I use WordPress, but I have used Blogger. You also have to think about who will read your blog. Who will your articles appeal to?


How to write a story

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You can write a story about anything. Even something as mundane as going to the supermarket. If you want to write fiction, then writing a short story can be a good way of starting. You can make it a few thousand words or very short and try to pack it into 500 words.


Writing for an emotional response

This article was originally published on


Whatever you are writing, you want some kind of emotional response from your reader. You want them to say to themselves, ‘that’s clever’ or ‘that’s funny’. Better still, you hope they will share their thoughts with their friends.


Walsall author on the radio

This article was originally posted on on the 2nd of January 2013.

You might remember that I mentioned Martin Webb’s novel last month when he gave away Kindle copies of one of his novels from the Jake West trilogy. You can now hear Martin on the radio talking about writing and publishing his novels. That will be on radio WM tomorrow about 11am. You can listen to that online tomorrow.


A Christmas challenge

I took this photo last year in the depths of winter. It’s still officially Autumn, but it getting colder. I think the lake will freeze before long and we can expect snow. Winter officially starts around the 20th of December, but then Christmas is supposed to cheer us all up. So I’m going to set you a Christmas challenge.


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