BEST PLACES TO FIND A GREAT IDEA:
Walking to school. Riding through town. Sitting at your desk in class. Laying awake at night. Crawling out of bed. In the bathroom (Yes, It happens!) Riding in the backseat on a long trip. Hiking through the wilderness. In a movie theatre. In front of your bookshelf. In your CD collection. In church. In front of your blank computer screen. At the beach. In front of a campfire. Waiting in line. Visiting an historic landmark. At grandma’s house. In the dark corner of the basement. Staring out your window. Staring out your friend’s window. In your dreams. At a museum. On the golf course. Floating on an inner-tube in your pool. The fishing hole. At night, watching the stars. “People watching” at the mall.
YOU’LL KNOW AN IDEA IS BEING HATCHED WHEN YOUR BRAIN SAYS:
What if… I wonder what would happen… Wouldn’t it be funny… I wish… Nobody would ever believe… That would be so cool if…
THEN YOUR MIND WILL RACE TO FILL IN THE BLANKS:
What if… animals could talk to the Vet?! I wonder what would happen… if my parents were secret agents! Wouldn’t it be funny… if a dorky guy adopted an obnoxious kid?! I wish… I could have met a friendly space alien. That would be so cool if… a kid could go to school to learn about magic and wizardry!
SOON THE IDEA WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY BECAUSE:
You will think about it all the time. Everything around you will start to relate to it. You’ll notice something on TV or in a movie that reminds you of it. You’ll hint about the idea to friends and family and they’ll stare at you like you have three heads! You’ll dream about it. You’ll change the ending 50 times in your head. You’ll change the beginning 100 times in your head! You’ll want to do nothing else but FIGURE IT OUT!
THEN IT WILL HAPPEN:
One day, in the strangest of places, while you’re thinking about nothing that seems important, SMACK!! The idea will hit you at full force with almost every single detail fitting together – maybe even the ending! You will probably fall over and start laughing like a mad-man…. Or, you may just sit carefully on your bed, completely overwhelmed.
NOW IT’S TIME:
You laughed like a mad-man or sat down overwhelmed because you just learned the HARDEST thing about geting an idea. A STORY IN YOUR HEAD NEEDS TO BE SET FREE!!
WAYS TO MAKE THE IDEA HAPPEN FASTER:
Ask a lot of questions. Read about the subject. Force yourself to come up with unbelievable endings. Think funny. Think scary. Think sad. Picture an audience seeing your idea. Think who could help perform your idea. Go to bed 30 minutes early just to have more “think time”. Keep an “Idea” journal. If you have lots of different ideas, pick just one and think about it for a whole week. Think positive.
TIP OF THE MONTH:
You have no power in deciding if your idea is the greatest idea ever… or, the worst idea since the solar flashlight. Let the audience decide. To do that, you have to set the idea free!
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