Wizard Lexiconi here with another Wondrous Wednesday Writing Tip. First things first, I hope you've brought your memory maps we started on during week #1. They are most essential. If you do not have them, or are unaware of what a memory map is, you have one of three choices:
#1) Go find your memory map and hurry back.
#2) Click above link and find out what a memory map is.
#3) Do none of the above and be turned into a toad.
Alrighty then, are we ready now?
Look at your memory maps. Are there any stories that can be turned into a usable story?
Many authors take incidents that have occurred in their lives and turn them into a story. Not necessarily a biography or memoir type of story. But by taking a place they visited, or an event that happened and dropping new characters into that event or sending them to that place.
Here's where the genre lesson comes in handy. Did you decide you like science fiction or fantasy? Historical?
Say for instance, one of your memories was of your dog Maxwell that liked to dig holes all over the yard. Put a sci-fi spin on that and perhaps that dog is really an alien looking for a secret time capsule that he people left buried in your yard a hundred years ago.
Or, have Maxwell dig a hole that leads into an enchanted land and you accident get sucked in one of the holes with him and end up traveling back in time to the stone ages. There you go, fantasy and historical at the same time. (It's been done, trust me. There is nothing new under the sun.)
Where other ideas come from:
If the memory map doesn't quiet work for you, there are other places where ideas lurk.
Maybe you have a favorite character in a book, television show or movie, ect. Can you put them in a new place and write a story using that character? Might not be publishable, but it'll be fun and a great writing exercise. What about taking a secondary character from a favorite book and making them the hero of your own new adventure?
Tell an old story from a different, lesser character's point of view. Or put those characters into a more modern or historical or even futuristic time? What about the three bears with a space age background. Could change the bears to aliens and have an astronaut visit their empty home.
You see, my young pencil pushers, the sky is truly the limit.
Until next week,
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales.
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire.