Expanded Idea

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Here are the examples we talked about post 6: Part 2

Expanded Idea – The bus came, the people at the bus stop got on and the bus continued on its journey into Glasgow.

Expanded Idea – I took another sip of my coffee and picked up the envelope, but thought twice about it and put it back down again. Had another sip of coffee before my eyes went to the sky beyond the window, and except for a couple of small clouds it was a clear blue with the sun shining through the trees, there was no wind, not even a slight breeze.

Expanded Idea – The Collie chased after it, picked it up in his mouth and took it back to his master, dropping the ball at his master’s feet. The dog then ran off and hid behind the same tree until his master threw the ball again then the whole process started again. The dog was also being watched by a couple of schoolboys who had been walking by, on their way to school.

Expanded Idea – There were also people out on their bikes and a small group of teenage girls were out running.

It was just another normal day for them.

Ideas are what you start off with

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Every book was written started off, with only ideas in the author’s head. Your ideas could have come from something that was said in a conversation with his/her friends, something that she or he read, even from someone he or she saw in the street or from the newspaper. In fact, anything that makes you think of human experiences and emotions.

The way people react, their gestures to certain situations will give you, ideas of characters for your writings.


Over the next week, keep a list of ideas that you think could help you. These ideas come from:

  • Conversation
  • An argument
  • Remarks in Shops or Supermarkets
  • Films / T.V
  • Books
  • Dreams
  • A Crowd of children walking by
  • Newspaper
  • And any others you think of

Try for about fifty and keep the list safe

That’s just an example of what you could do, but I don’t want you to expand on your ideas yet.


  1. I gazed out of the window, noticing a young woman at the bus stop.
  2. I spotted the Collie dog who ran down to the crossroads and sat down on the pavement waiting for his master
  3. A couple of schoolboys walked past
  4. A woman walked by with two small boys on their scooters
  5. A man walked in the opposite direction

Now these were five ideas that came into my head as I looked out of my window and I included them in my book “Shattered Dreams”

I’ll show you some examples I used in the next post

Take Care


Author of Fiction, Non-Fiction Books and step-by-step Lessons

MISSING Brenda Johnstone was last seen coming out of Ponders Pub. She said goodbye to her two workmates after saying, she would see them at work tomorrow, started to take the fifteen-minute walk home carrying only a handbag. Her father employed Johnny Stevens, A private investigator. A suitcase of her clothes went missing the day she left home, but Brenda had not taken them according to her family. Brenda had not turned up for work since she disappeared. Was she, abducted or did she leave home, of her own free will that, is what Johnny Stevens had to find out?

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Organisation System

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Many people do not worry about the organisation until it’s too late. They will let their papers, books and other items stack up on their desk and floors until it becomes virtually impossible to find anything. Then they need to spend hours if not days or even weeks being organised. In addition, the truth is, trying to organise a messy space just wastes time. It is much better to plan and implement your organisation system when you are first setting up your space.

Conventional wisdom says you should get a filing cabinet where you label folders and file your papers away inside these folders. If you’re comfortable with this sort of traditional organisation system, then yes… that’s what you should do. Just be sure to file everything away as soon as you’re done with it.

Some people don’t like the constraints of a file cabinet. If this sounds like you, then you need to create your own system. Perhaps you’d like to keep your resources on bookshelves, in boxes, or even in special piles on your desk or on your floor. The key is to make sure you’re comfortable with your system so that you’re motivated to use it. The second key is to create a system that doesn’t take over your office and clutter it up. Remember, your goal is to create a space that motivates and inspires you… not one that swallows you up with clutter.

Diffident from the seventies

In the seventies, I used pen and ink and once all the correction was finished, I took it to someone to Typewrite. Now life is a lot easier. I use a laptop, print it out and have it proofread and made the correction before having it printed.

Take Care


Clive Harman, author of Shattered Dreams: The Story of My Life. Tragedy, love, comradeship and shattered dreams.  These are some of the elements that have made up the adventures and challenges of author Clive Harman’s life

For Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0719CVQLD

Engage Your Senses to be motivated and inspired

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When we talked about decorations and designs, we mainly focused on visual items such as carpet and paint colour, artwork and similar items. However, whenever possible you should seek to engage multiple senses… as long as you don’t find it distracting. If you don’t find it distracting, then these sorts of items may make you feel content and creative, both of which will boost your productivity and keep you both motivated and inspired.

Let me give you examples of ways you can engage your other senses (other than sight):

You can create a pleasant environment for your nose by using incense, scented candles, scented oils, automatic air fresheners and similar items. Several plants and flowers can also freshen a room. Open windows do wonders, especially if you have things like pine trees or lilac bushes right outside the windows. You may also spritz perfume or Febreze to freshen a room.

You can engage your sense of hearing by using items that create low, consistent sounds (almost like white noise). This includes items like indoor fountains or waterfalls. You can also use a noise machine or CD that a variety of sounds such as spring rain shower, ocean, rainforest sounds and similar.

You can include items in your space that are pleasing to your sense of touch, such as a soft couch, deep carpet and a comfortable office chair.

Organise and DeClutter

You already know that getting organised helps boost your productivity, motivated and inspired. Not only do some people prefer to work in a clean environment, but it’s also easier to do tasks when the resources you need are easy to find.

Next, you need to decorate your space in a way that keeps you motivated and inspired. Don’t let someone else in the household choose your decorations for you to decorate. You need to choose photos, paintings, sculptures, lamps and other lighting, plants, candles and other decorations that you like.

Don’t worry about whether it all “matches.” Don’t worry if you use decorations that aren’t serious to decorate the way you want to. For example, maybe lining up your Superman figurines on the window sill makes you smile. If so, do it! Your only concern should be, decorated to feel motivated and inspired as soon as you enter the room.

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Author of Fiction, Non-Fiction Books and step-by-step Lessons


THE HITMAN They came for him. They missed him but killed his wife. He decided not to wait for them to come for him. To do what Special forces had taught him. Sometimes times the best form of defence is to attack. This was one of those cases. Yes, he would go after them.

Motivated and Inspired

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Before I share with you tips for designing a space that inspires you, let me tell you what the end goal is. Basically, you want to create a room that makes you feel happy, motivated and inspired the moment you walk into it.

Obviously, your personal preferences are going to dictate what you need to do to the room to make you feel happy to be in it. However, here are some ideas to get you brainstorming…

Make It Yours

You’ll notice I’ve used words like “stake out” and “claim” this space. That’s because you want to make sure that your space doesn’t get taken over by other people. And you also want to make sure that you don’t start using your space for other reasons.

For example:

  • Your family members decide to put a treadmill in your space. The next thing you know, you have someone running on the treadmill and talking to you when you’re trying to work and be motivated.
  • Your family members decide to use your space to work. This isn’t so bad, especially if you have a smaller home and you need to share office space. However, you don’t want someone to leave their papers on your desk, clutter up your computer bookmarks with their websites, etc. In other words, to stay motivated you should try to keep things separate if you have to share the space.
  • Your office becomes the guest bedroom. This isn’t a big deal if you only have overnight visitors a couple of times per year.

The point is, let others know how important this space is – and to be fair, be sure that your other household members have their own private spaces, too.

Paint it a Cheerful Colour

There’s a difference between painting and carpeting with colours you like and doing so with colours that make you feel motivated and inspired. For example, you might like the colour red. But if you make your room too red, it might be too intense. Perhaps painting just one accent wall would be a good solution.

TIP: You can test out different colours (before committing to a certain colour) by hanging coloured sheets on the walls. Then sit in your office to see how those colours affect you.

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Author of Fiction, Non-Fiction Books and step-by-step Lessons


Clive Harman, author of Shattered Dreams: The Story of My Life. Tragedy, love, comradeship and shattered dreams.  These are some of the elements that have made up the adventures and challenges of author Clive Harman’s life.

Choosing an Environment that Inspires You

Claim a corner of a room and make it so that it inspires you. Again, you may need to use tall furniture and decorative dividers to stake out your corner. Ideally, this should be a corner that is not near a doorway that way; you will not have people walking by constantly.

Stake out a little-used room as long as you can make it inspires you. Do you have a room in your office that’s relatively quiet because it’s not used very often? For example, if there are just a couple of people living in your house and you only do laundry a couple of times per week, then you may consider using the laundry room as your office.

Use the dining room. Some homes have formal dining rooms that are rarely used. Generally, the family eats in the kitchen or breakfast nook, and the formal dining room sits unused (except for special occasions and holidays). If that’s the case with your dining room, then you may be able to use the table as your desk.

Check outside spaces. This doesn’t work if you live in an area with climate extremes. But if you live someplace where you can count on good weather for the majority of the year, you may want to create an outdoor “office” on your patio. You should have a backup plan of where and how you’ll work if the weather doesn’t permit you to be outdoors.

Again, the above are just suggestions to help you brainstorm ways to turn one part of your existing living space in your office. The key is to choose a place that makes you feel comfortable and it inspires you. For example, some people like the cosy feel of converting a large walk-in closet into an office. Other people feel claustrophobic and can’t stand the lack of windows.

Here’s the point…

You may stake out a place that seems perfect to you. For example, maybe you even have a small room that you can convert into an office. But if you don’t feel comfortable or you can’t make it so that it inspires you in there (for whatever reason), you’re going to be unproductive.

Maybe you’re a really social person, and you feel cut off from the rest of the family when you’re in that particular space. In that case, you may need to choose an office space that’s private… yet doesn’t make you feel quite isolated.

Now that you’ve selected a room or even just a corner of your home, your next step is to turn it into a place that inspires you.

Take Care


Author of Fiction, Non-Fiction Books

Clive Harman, author of Shattered Dreams: The Story of My Life. Tragedy, love, comradeship and shattered dreams.  These are some of the elements that have made up the adventures and challenges of author Clive Harman’s life.

Hello, Welcome to My Blog

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Introduction to Writing a Book

Although I had written Ten Training manuals and put together a lot of Notebooks on various subjects during my long training career I had never considered writing a book.

It came about when one day my daughter was asking me questions about my life before she was born and out of the blue, she asked me to write a book, for her, about my life.

It wasn’t easy and after several false starts, I decided to write a fiction book based on my own life, which I called Shattered Dreams-The Story of My Life. It took me nearly three years to complete the book.

Since I had it Printed many people have asked how I managed it and I started relaying odds bits and pieces to them. Once more my daughter said I should write a book of lessons on “How to write your book”.

This time, after thinking about it, I decided I wouldn’t write a book, but I would write posts on my blog so anyone can read it without costing them money.

It is important, no matter what you are doing is to plan and prepare, writing a book is no different. Try to work out how many hours you can spend a week. Draw up a timetable and allocate time to different activities like planning, reading, research, writing, even revising. You will not always be able to stick to any plan rigidly, but you should always work with one.

When I was writing my book and training manuals I always found a place that I was comfortable in and I could relax. Even better it inspired me as well. This could be anywhere from a table in the kitchen, or a bedroom come, study or even the local library. Just make sure you can let your imagination run freely.

Remember: A quiet atmosphere and a clear space [get rid of the non-related clutter] will keep your mind and thoughts on your work.

Take Care

Clive Harman, author of Shattered Dreams: The Story of My Life. Tragedy, love, comradeship and shattered dreams.  These are some of the elements that, have made up the adventures and challenges of author Clive Harman’s life.