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Friday, September 17, 2010

Where did you get that idea?

When my daughter was 3-years-old she came to me, slapped my arm, and said, “How the hell are ya?” I was  well…surprised. This wasn’t our normal language. Call me a prude, but I don’t curse unless:
  • I’m in traffic
  • I stub my toe
  • Something goes terribly wrong with my home projects
  • Or you call me a prude
I pulled her in my lap and said, “Where did you hear that?”  (We also talked about words we don't say.)

She said, “TV.”

Stephen King said in his book On Writing, “…good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”

It’s like welcoming new friends into your writing home--ideas.

Where do you find your ideas for your storyline? Do you ever have two separate ideas that come together for your writing pleasure?




King, Stephen (2000), On Writing, p.25. Simon & Schuster: NY

17 comments:

  1. Wonderful concept from Stephen, my ideas come from my surrounds. This is what I know best :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  2. That's so cute! Omigosh little kids are hilarious aren't they?

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  3. I didn't swear until I was in my 20's. My father always said it was a lazy use of language. If that's the word you really mean, use it, but if there's something more specific, find it.

    Of course, I've more than made up for it in the interim, but I'm trying to cut back!

    Everything is material to me. As a writer, everything I experience on any level becomes material.

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  4. I try not to use really bad words, but sometimes it happens.

    My ideas come from an assortment of movies, TV shows, and books.

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  5. I almost choked on my coffee when I read this! I don't use off-color language, but I had to laugh at the idea of your little one saying this. BTW I am rereading On Writing right now. It's one of the best books about the craft I have ever read.

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  6. My ideas definitely come from life itself, either something I've lived, or something I've seen or heard that struck me as intriguing, and which I then later explore with my words.

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  7. Lalalalala- pluggn' my ears here. We don't allow 'words' on the Ponderosa. Even the Strongbacks at the workin' pens watch their tongue here. I did once give my Dad the finger when I was six. I saw older boys on the bus and just thought maybe it was the thing to do. Oh baby, was I wrong! Heeehehehehe!

    Out of the mouths of babes! Great.

    My writing comes from experiences and I'm blessed (cursed) with an imagination that just won't quite.

    God bless ya and have an incredible day girl!!! :o)

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  8. Way cute! I totally know what you mean. I can't believe the things my boys come up with.

    On cursing...so would that include while you were working on those chairs??? ;-)

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  9. Oh my gosh! How did you not laugh when she said that?!

    I don't curse much either; my list of times I curse looks similar to yours!

    I love King's book On Writing. I get so many ideas all the time, from everything. My favorite thing to ask is, "What if?" and if the idea explodes with other ideas from that, I know I have something there!

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  10. That is almost ALWAYS where my stories come together... usually I have an idea that floats around for a while, and the second idea colliding is what really gets me going.

    I am glad King sees it that way...

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  11. I bet your jaw dropped when she said that! Ha!

    Yes, the ideas just come out of thin air...a lot of the time, it's when I'm driving the car. I have to pull over and write sometimes.

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  12. Love this, because it's so true. And kids have no bias about such things. Really, when it comes to ideas, we should have little bias, too.

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  13. I'm still laughing. I would've laughed when it happened, too, I'm sure, and had to get myself under control before I could talk to her. That's the best story I've heard all day.

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  14. Your life stories are so inspiring!

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  15. Out of the mouths of babes.

    I have no story lines, thoughts just float around and now and then, I grab one...but then I am not a writer.

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  16. Hi Teresa .. must have been a shock - but these things happen!

    Ideas .. everywhere .. help - so many! I'm lucky .. just going to try something completely different for the next post - if I can work out how to do it ..

    Enjoy the weekend .. Hilary

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  17. Love Stephen's perspective..

    Actually..must have been a shock, but these things happen..blame the entire system/world we live in.

    B xx

    Btw, farewell to summer photos today.

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