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Ideaifying Pt 1: The Ideaifying

In this mini-series, I plan on taking a word through the world-building and idea phase, and flesh it out into a short story to be published on this site. Hang on, it will be a bumpy ride!

 

Story ideas.

 

I love listening to them when other authors tell me them. I love reading about new ones I hadn’t thought of while I’m reading, and I love coming up with them.

I especially love how easy ideas are to come up with.

What’s that? Easy?

Yes, I did say easy. I truly think ideas are free. Not open and willing to try things in college free, I mean truly free from an economic sense. Ideas are literally a dime a dozen, if not cheaper than that.

Ideas are everywhere. They are there when you walk down the road in your neighborhood. They are there when you overhear someone’s conversation while you stand in line at the checkout. They come from the frustrated looks of the cashier as she checks stretches her back from soreness while simultaneously smiling at the next one, all the while worrying about the look she’s getting from her boss behind her. Why does her back hurt? Why is the manager giving her the evil-eye? Is that smile sincere or half-hearted? Is she secretly a sleeper-agent from the ninja assassin guild of Greater Boise waiting to be activated and fulfill her mission to bring flowers to the cancer ward at the children’s center?

Ideas are beautiful, they are fleeting, and they are simple. You forget them if you don’t write them down. They come at the most inopportune moments. When you are driving, showering, bored in a meeting at work, or bowling with your family on a Friday night.

I have a document filled with hundreds of ideas for stories, characters, background, religions, and settings. I could spend the rest of my life writing book about just the stories I have already and never finish them, let alone all the ones I would come up with while I wrote those.

Ideas are magical, but it takes still to implement them, and this is the crux of the matter. Ideas are easy, the execution of the idea is the tough part to accomplish.

Today I will leave you with a single word, which I will discuss next week as an example of how to take a nugget of an idea and turn it into something you can work with.

Evanesce (as taken from the front page of Dictionary.com).

Equinoxes and Godesses and Autumn Creativity

This weekend everyone’s talking about it being the first day of fall. And their lovely weather.Free Danish Autumn Stock Images - 870214

Sigh.

Here in Arizona, we’re still hitting over 100 degrees during the day, but I’m (im)patiently waiting for cooler temps. Send em on over 🙂 I love sitting outside and writing in the cool air. And reading on the back porch, the kids hanging out around the trees, is a blast 😀

For some reason, this time of year–fall, cooling temps and Halloween just around the corner–makes me feel more creative. I love planning new worlds, and for some reason, I get more ideas during September through October than any other time a year. 

Of course, once November hits with the holidays, I get no ideas LOL so maybe it all balances 😀

Since I’m in the middle of such world building and researching mythology and recently came across this again, I thought I’d share this tidbit (From a post in 2012)

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In the pagan religion, the autumn equinox (the time of year when day and night are equal), is September 21st, and is the celebration of Mabon, or the first day of fall.

Mabon is named after a Welsh god who was stolen from his mom when he was barely three nights old.

If you enjoy Greek or Roman mythology, there are similarities between Mabon and Persephone, both being taken captive to the underworld during the autumn equinox, only to be rescued and allowed to come back during the spring equinox every year.

But the main theme of the celebration was that of thanksgiving.

In older ages, this was the time of the fall harvest, and the gods were thanked for the bounty of food to see the village through the oncoming cold winter.

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I love fall, we don’t get the pretty leave turning or even much of a transition here (we go straight from way-too-hot, a few days of just-cool-enough, then straight to get-out-the-jackets weather) but it does mean cooler temps finally:)

So my Q4U: What’s your favorite time of year and why? And for writers, when is your most creative season?

~ Amber

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