Random Ideas   8 comments

Do you get story ideas that you know you’ll never write?

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Yes, Of Course!

I think all writers have ideas pop into their head. Maybe we mull it over for a while. Maybe it’s just a fleeting thought nudged by current events. But we know we’ll never write them. Why? Well, it’s not the genre we’re working in…it’s not part of the series we want to finish…it’s way more complicated than the stories we usually write…we know we’re going to forget all about it in 10 minutes….

I’ve had stories crop up in my thoughts from time to time for all three of those reasons and so…I know I won’t write them but I do sometimes jot them down in my suspense file just in case a story does evolve from that random thought.

Yes, But!

I never planned to write Transformation Project series when I started it. It was a fun thought experiment with my daughter during a long road trip (Alaska, yo! All road trips are LONG.) The character of Shane, who changed considerably as we came to know one another, decided he wanted his story to be told and I finally sat down to write it and an entire series came from it.

I keep a suspense file for those random ideas because you never know when one of them will blossom into a writeable story.

Posted February 8, 2021 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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8 responses to “Random Ideas

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  1. I try to keep all my ideas, you never know when you might get the rest of the tale. My longest series started out as a short story, written for a bet in a new genre that I never thought I could write.

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  2. Better to have a variety of options. I think we all tend to keep our ideas open.

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  3. That is awesome you had a perfect example of one idea you tried your best to hammer out. I had plenty that never made it out of the starting gate. hang in there!

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  4. I have a hard drive linked to the cloud full of culls, ideas, scenes I liked but had to go from where they landed. And new ones every day. Go to the gas station, take walk, wait outside the vets, the grocery store. The bottle blond woman in the glittery bling mask who helps the linebacker size black girl get the trunk down on the older red Benz, shiny on a cloudy day pregnant with polluted drizzle. Pieces of conversations, headlines… I had one about how the fix is always in for the Super Bowl. Remember a few years back when thy had the “power failure” to stop a rout? Stories and characters are everywhere from elevators to auto inspectors.

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  5. I like calling it a “suspense file.” Are the ideas in suspense waiting to see if you’ll pick them, or are you in suspense waiting to see if one of them blossoms into more?

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  6. What you have written here makes perfect sense, Lela. I didn’t even mention all the random ideas that pop into my head, I only discussed the ones I think have potential. Sometimes my interests change and I abandon an idea. Othertimes the world changes like now. I put my half finished novel set 10 years in the future on hold because of the pandemic. The timeframe is to short for there to be any certainly about the world at that future date.

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  7. I once took a notebook abroad on holiday to write down any ideas, new scenes and descriptions etc, but we had our 15 month grandson with us and I was too busy keeping him amused. He ended up drawing in it!

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  8. It’s always interesting when things you don’t ever plan turn into something huge.

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