TOP TIP Adena Halpern

The best idea you’ll ever have will never come when you’re sitting in front of your computer. It will always strike you at the most inopportune time, like when you’re having the best sleep of your life, or at your Aunt Mildred’s funeral, or when your best friend is crying hysterically in your lap about the lack of good men in this world. That’s why it’s always important to have a piece of paper and a pen handy. If it’s impossible to grab a pen, an iPhone or Blackberry with a record function is key. Should you be in the throes of passion, try shouting your idea, “AWOMANTRIESTORUNFORPRESIDENTIN1870sAMERICA” should suffice. Don’t worry if your partner gets angry with you, at least you’ll never forget the idea. Bottom line: you can always have great sex. A New York Times bestselling book is very rare.

Adena Halpern is the author of the novels 29 and The Ten Best Days of My Life. Both books are currently being adapted as feature films for 20th Century Fox. Her latest work, Pinch Me, will be released in August. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Visit her website at

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2 Responses to TOP TIP Adena Halpern

  1. Very good advice from Adena. The memopad shortcut on my BlackBerry has come in very handy when a writing idea strikes.

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