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the idea of ideas August 21, 2010

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Wednesday writing group was a quiet one. However The Leafy One commented that she enjoys IDEAS. She likes coming up with IDEAS and wants to come up with more of them.

An example she gave was Larry Niven. I must apologise for my lack of remembering, but I do recall a race that was leaving the galaxy, and was taking 5 stars with them as they went? The Leafy One thought that was an awesome idea. I large, interstellar idea.

I like what she said, and I understand what she means. I enjoy ideas. I get ideas all the time, but they, in themselves, are not a story.

In my first ever lecture at university I was told to ALWAYS have a note pad and pen with you. That way, when you got an idea you were able to keep it. I have mentioned my note book in previous entries -‘Where do ideas come from?‘. I am not so comfortable with my current notepad. It seems a little scattered. I might transpose it and start anew.

When my notebook becomes full I put the ideas into word documents. I have a document for the quotes and snippets. And a document for the larger ideas. For example, I have a snippet of an idea for my steam punk- The Disciples of the Cog and Piston. In itself, it is an idea, something I can put into a story, but it is not a story in itself. Just something I wrote in my note pad one day. I have other Steam Punk snippets in this notepad, I see. This must be the notepad where my Steam Punk ideas began.

The larger ideas, the ones which go for two or three pages, they are potential stories.  They mutate into CONCEPTS. I like Concepts. These have the potential to blossom into stories.

I have a file of concepts, waiting to be taken out and given a run. A post apocalyptic concept (Which sci-fi writer doesn’t have one of those?) I romantic high-fantasy with classical Greek and Roman overtures with magic thrown in for kicks. I have a modern day Mythic fantasy set in London in my file, a classic High Fantasy involving a one-armed man, a set of triplets and a sacrificial lamb who clearly wasn’t a virgin when she was chosen.

Ideas, I’m not running short on. Concepts, I have me some of them.

All in good time.

But, like The Leafy One, I enjoy having IDEAS. I enjoy that my mind drifts off to these creative places and comes back with some jewel, something shiny I can add to my collection. My little day dreams. Makes the grind of 9 to 5 not so grindy.



1. amkuska - August 31, 2010

Two or three ideas can often be mashed together to form a concept you know. I usually end up cleaning out half my idea box for one story when things finally get moving.

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