(Thanks, Stevie Turner, for the inspiration for this post! )
Everybody has at least one. Only one if they are lucky. One in the kitchen (pencils, twist-ties, battteries, keys, etc.), one in the workshop (old bolts, screws, extra IKEA parts, allen wrenchs), well, you get the idea.
Writers are the same. I know I always have ideas floating around that if I don’t write them down, I’ll lose them. So I jot them down. A title: Sometimes They Leave, an opening line: “It was a dark and stormy night…”, or a catchy elevator pitch: Rambo moves in with Sheldon Cooper. Oh, the shenanigans!
Without ideas, there’s no possibility of a creation. Here’s a glimpse into Mr. Einstein’s notebook:
I suspect that many of my ideas won’t go any further than just that, but there is always a chance that I’ll be inspired to revisit one of those ideas and it will become the next greatest—well, maybe just the next story. To quote the philosopher Lloyd Christmas: “So, you’re saying there’s a chance?”
***Addendum Feb. 9
I just had another thought. As a writer, all my ideas have a chance at becoming a story. It’s just that some have a better chance than others. Want to bet on the longshot?
“Three life-long friends discover that they are identical twins during their annual road trip to the Twine and Jute collectors convention in Wichita.”
Sounds like a best seller to me.
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