On Writing: The Junk Drawer of Ideas

(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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Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

17 thoughts on “On Writing: The Junk Drawer of Ideas

  1. I probably have more quick writing prompt writings than ideas, and I have no idea if they’ll grow in a story or not.

    Blog hop sounds great, but I’m never very good at following instructions and I’m not on Twitter.

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  2. I have a file I keep for one-line ideas and sometimes I start them and then leave them in their own file. Maybe someday. Often, if an idea comes to me without a character to tell the story, I know I’ll probably never write it. But then sometimes, even years later, a character will start telling that story. So, the ideas are worth hanging onto. They’re not abandoned. They’re simply hanging out in the wings for their audition.

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  3. I have a junk drawer file, too. I also have one for each book that I toss stuff in that may or may not go back in the book. Or be made into a separate story. You never know.

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