Not many ideas, but joining in as I'm also interested. The OU has a fiction writing course that's not v.expensive.
I think keeping a journal is very important. Keep it in your handbag and write down thoughts you have or things you find interesting. Also read a lot and think about what you enjoy and why you're enjoying it.
I'm sure that each writer has their own methods but I'll tell you mean for what they're worth. I always make very detailed notes about my main characters and draft a longish plan ie what is going to happen in each scene. If I have any brain waves about dialogue or nuggets of interesting description I'll note them down too so I don't forget.
Then I just get on with it. I type fast and for long periods. I don't give a toss about mistakes, or the quality of the writing. I just get it down. Often I leave myself notes within the body of the work..
[Litchick, this makes no sense] [This is sooooooo dull] [Who is going to believe that happened?]
When I get to the end I begin the long process of editing. Word by word, line by line.
great, have just been and bought a handbag sized notepad so i can jot down ideas when i have them. I will take it from there.I dont really want to do a course as I really just want a creative hobby just or me. If I ever actually get round to writing anything, I may post it on here. Litchick ,do you have anything published? I love thrillers.