Perseverance and hard work is key to a successful column

I’m often asked, “How long does it take you to write these columns and where do the ideas come from?”

So, it’s about time I shared the secret, despite the fact that it’s not a secret.
There are always ideas floating around in my head.  Sometimes I overhear a conversation and I instantly see this as an idea that can be expanded upon or developed into an article.  There are also other voices floating around my head, but I’m having therapy for those.

Newspapers, magazines, radio and TV can and often be a source of material and inspiration.  Often, my close friends share ideas with me and encourage me to write about certain topics. Most are thought-provoking and topical. Some I couldn’t possibly publish!

These ideas are scribbled down as rough notes in the first instance.  Sometimes, the notes remain there for months until the opportunity arises to turn them into a story good enough for you, the reader.  After all, my main aim is to inform, entertain and sometimes stimulate or challenge your thinking. Yes, there is method in the madness.

So, in general, the collation of ideas is an ongoing process. However, pulling it all together is where the hard work comes in.  Like most things in life, perseverance through the doubts and insecurities is the key to success.

Not everything works all of the time. But, from the fantastic feedback I get, I think we might be getting it right most of the time.