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    When the story finds you -

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by bonijean2, Aug 2, 2016.

    Just curious, does anyone else believe that the gist of their story actually found them instead of the other way around?
     
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    To a degree I think your experiences shape a story and mold it into submission.

    Ideas are always out there, it just takes a specific mindset to find them. So if that's the case, who's doing the finding? I try to remind myself that I am the master of my creativity, not the other way around.
     
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    I think that when there are things that you care for, that you unconsciously look out for resonating ideas. So no, I am not surprised that I get to write the story I do.
     
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    yes, but does an idea ever just seem to present itself to you in some peculiar way?
     
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    okay, that makes sense -
     
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    Yes, sometimes ideas present themselves. But it's me who recognizes it as a story. I spent the majority of my relatively short life not writing. I bet thousands of great ideas screamed at me and I just never noticed. I am the deciding factor in whether or not a story is viable for me. Not the idea.

    ETA: It's easy to believe the opposite. I find myself falling into the mindset that I can't produce because I don't have any good ideas. It's bullshit. It's my inherent laziness unwilling to accept the reality that creation involves hard work. Not only hard work, but perseverance.
     
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    I work hard to track down the story. It involves writing the story - at least the first draft. When the first draft is done (actually, usually before the first draft is done), I know what the story is and what the themes are. It just remains to tell it properly - that's what the second (and possibly subsequent) drafts are for.

    The story itself has no agency. It cannot come and find me. I hunt it down wherever it is, bag it, and bring it home.
     
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    It has happened, yes. I like those ideas best because I usually finish at least one full draft before losing interest. :)
     
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    yes, me too and sometimes the momentum to keep writing even gets stronger.
     
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    The initial idea might find me. Even that is questionable though - you could say I know how to recognize a good idea.

    But the story, I create that, I write it. I find it.
     
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    Its hard to say really. For me I don't ever try to get inspired, sometimes things inspire me but im not actively seeking story ideas. From one short story i wrote, i was inspired after driving through the hudson valley and seeing this house I always pass every time on my way from Toronto to New Jersey. Generally stories find me at the weirdest times. I could be in the show and then boom a story idea pops into my head or I could be ironing a shirt. I never say to myself "so what should i write about next." Because if a story doesn't find me then i don't write a new book.

    ETA: But once I have the story idea then I actively work on mapping it out in my head.
     
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    I can totally relate - thanks!
     

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