I tend to get the germ of an idea. I handwrite my thoughts and put it to one side for a few days. I then reread, if it continues to make sense I will develop it. I do not put it onto publish until I am completely satisfied. I throw away more than I publish.
The world around me. I am an inveterate people watcher and I can find an element of humour in even the most tragic of situations.
I think I would be an undertaker. I am extremely nosey and would take delight in what I found in people’s pockets.
I would suggest to them that if they were considering writing as a career then I could hand out a list of cheap psychiatrists.
Probably lots of alcohol, a copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy, a copy of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and a copy of How to overcome enthusiasm.