Sunday, January 8, 2012

WHERE THERE’S A WILL…

…there’s a relative. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying. And it’s probably true in a great many instances.Common expressions can make great fodder for your stories.

Have you ever thought of going through some of the tired old expressions in order to come up with a stimulating storyline? Titles to nursery rhymes? Lines from a song? Suspense doesn’t come just from frightening news at night.

A tisket, a tasket, I bought a yellow basket. (and when I took it home, I found a mummified finger with a gold ring initialed with the letter C.) Old man Conyers had been missing for thirty years.

I saw Mommy kissing Santa…(and then he shot her.)

Ring around a rosey, a pocketful of posies. (a girl’s body is found in a lovely English garden. Zuzu’s? petals are in her pocket.)

A little corny, but you get the idea.

Wonderful, novel ideas can come from anywhere. If you sit at your keyboard and pick a topic, you’ll be surprised at how many amazing and fresh subjects will fill your head.

The next time you’re looking for a theme for a story, pick up a dictionary and just point at a word. Do you get a tingle down your spine? Maybe this is the next bestseller for 2012.

6 comments:

  1. What a great idea! SOOO many ideas. Everywhere.

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  2. LOL Love your ideas, though I've never heard the will saying.

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  3. So true! For me, the trouble is there are so many ideas...so little time! :-)

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  4. GREAT ideas, Linda. You're an inspiration!

    Aloha, Cheryl

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  5. Jess, you probably aren't at that point in your life yet. You'll hear it eventually!

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  6. I've never thought to use the dictionary to write my next novel! I might just give that a try:)

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