Time for Q in my A-Z series "26 Things that Made Me a Writer".
One of the things that writers need to learn is to pick up inspiration from anywhere. We spend a pretty significant part of our lives standing in queues - in the post office, supermarket, airport, chip shop. Why not make the best use of our time and see if we can overhear some great new ideas?
I'll share one that springs to mind. I was waiting to pick up my stepdaughter from Girls' Brigade when I heard one of the other dads talking about how they had been on holiday and his older daughter had broken her leg on the first day.
In my mind I turned this into a story of a rebellious, sulky teen who spends as much time avoiding her family as possible, even on holiday, but when she breaks her leg while camping she has to accept their help and they all learn to get on. I didn't finish it as it was a bit too "happy-happy" for me, but I still think it was a good idea.
You have to have a sifting mind to do this. It's a bit like panning for gold, you're always looking for that one little nugget. There are a lot of older citizens in my town so I hear a lot of talk about various medical ailments which I don't find interesting. Then again, maybe I'm not being openminded enough.
What about you? Have you picked up any great ideas while waiting in a queue somewhere?