Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Keep your eyes open

Okay. If you saw this before, it somehow got out of sync and reverted to an incomplete version.

I deleted and started over.

I remember reading in Steven King's On Writing that story ideas come from everywhere and that we need to watch for them.

Here's my extension of that: Watch for details to add to your existing story. At dinner a few nights ago my future daughter-in-law broke open her fortune cookie: "You will learn the truth in time."

My current WIP has a MC who has Chinese food in Chapter 1. The book is a ghost mystery centering around a grandfather clock. Hmmm ....... are fortunes copyrighted???

Jim D


Lisa Chellman said...

That sounds like opportunity knocking to me! And it sounds a lot like "tick tock, tick tock."

What a great way to work in some foreshadowing! Just ambiguous enough not to raise eyebrows, but, based on what you're saying, thematically perfect.

I love it when that happens.

PJ Hoover said...

I don't think so! You can go online and find tons of sayings!

Carrie Harris said...

Fabulous fortune. It certainly piques my interest!

Vivian said...

That is perfect fortune for your manuscript!