My friend Jack Owens is a talented writer, savvy journalist, and all around dry-witted bloke from across the sea. Not all that long ago, he shared a short piece with me about a writer who couldn’t find anything to write about. It was horribly accurate and though funny in tone, frustrating as all get out. I’m with Jack on this – how in the WORLD could that be?
But I’ve had folks ask me when I do a signing or speak to a group, where do you get your ideas? I’m here to tell you, ideas for great stories are as plentiful as rain drops in a hurricane. Read Mark Twain if you don’t believe me! Just keep your eyes and ears open and jot things down. Clip newspaper headlines and stash them in a folder; or all that failing, get official, no-kidding writing prompts from the Writers Digest magazine.
But to show you what I mean about the everyday world, take a look and see if you don’t think you could mine some award-winning scenarios from the folks who cross your path…
Phone call from daughter in regards to 4 year-old grandson who drew a Sharpie mustache on his face the day before pre-K orientation – “Magic Eraser really doesn’t work very well on skin.”
Stunned neighbor when the police arrived at the house – “The dog drove the car through the brand new garage door. Almost killed the cat.”
Kids who stopped by with school fundraiser – “Dad’s gonna kill Mom if we don’t sell enough gift wrap this year…” (a new type of sales pitch!)
Farmer at the John Deere exhibition, country fair – “Lettuce froze, tater’s drowned, sorghum burned. Don’t need no new tractor. How much you give me for the old one?”