✒️ Writers’ Wisdom ~ Can You Recognize Great Story Ideas?

“Let’s get one thing clear right now, shall we? There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
~ Stephen King



    1. Thank you for your comments, Terveen. I have a personal experience with King’s advice. I always encouraged my doctoral students to get a copy of Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. It’s a classic on how to write. The book, written over a century ago was laid out in a creative and innovative way. Segue to at time when my wife and I were riding through the Kansas Flint Hills. Out of nowhere the thought came to me, ‘why not write a book on how to write dissertations based on the Strunk & White model.’ I presented my idea to a publisher and the book was published and still is doing well today. It also led to several other published books about writing dissertations. Depok Chopra called the space I found myself in during the ride through the Flint Hills, ‘the gap.’ You never know when the flash of insight will hit. Here’s hoping you have many similar flashes. Shine on, Ray

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