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The 5 books that have changed my life

A discussion with my partner over the weekend got me thinking about the books that have had the most impact on my life. It’s actually a really tricky question. I have had the pleasure of enjoying so many books and some have rocketed to the top of my favourites list, but I wouldn’t necessarily say there have been too many that have had an actual impact. So, I thought back to those books that changed my thinking or my behaviour, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

Finding ideas for stories

The clichéd question to ask an author seems to be the classic, ‘where do you get your ideas from?’ One of the things I have learned as I sail this writing journey is that there is no clear answer to this question. Artists of all formats find ideas and inspiration in the strangest of places. I remember hearing an interview with Roald Dahl once where he mentioned getting his ideas during his dreams, and the need to write them down as soon as he woke up so he wouldn’t forget them. Once, according to my former poetry teacher, I wrote my best (and only proper) poem when we did an exercise where we had to look at a painting and write a poem based on that.

I don’t have one clear, single answer to the question about where my ideas come from, so this blog post provides a snapshot of some of the strange ways in which I find inspiration.