Saturday, May 28, 2011

Creating Story Ideas

I'm amazed at how simple ideas pop into my head at any given time. While driving, while on the treadmill, while sleeping, and while watching TV.

Friday evening my husband and I were watching Pawn Stars. I love this show as people bring in the most amazing items to sell to the guys. And, of course being the writer I am, every item has a story whether real or imagined in my fascinating brain. I think I drive my husband a little nutty with my notebook in hand, furiously scribbling while watching the show. He has yet to ask what I'm doing. I'll write down a story idea for each item I think has that perfect story behind it.

So, I thought it would be fun (and a little brain stretching) to list three objects where everyone can pick one and create a story idea. I'll begin.

Here are the three objects to choose from:

1. 1880 $2 Gold Canadian coin

2. 1789 Acts of Congress Book

3. 1986 Apple Computer

I'm picking the 1880 $2 gold coin which my hero has won in a hand of poker. He's never won anything before in his life and he thinks it will bring him luck. Which it does-he wins various material items and money, BUT what he soon realizes is it's also a curse! Complete involuntary celibacy! His playboy ways seem to be ending. Until he remembers the enchanting witch by the oceanside he'd met a couple of days before the poker game. He goes to her hoping she can make heads or tails from his problem.

My enchanted heroine has known this playboy for some time now, watching him break girls hearts wherever he goes, including a close friend. She had to teach him a lesson. She found where he frequented the most and realized he enjoyed a hand of poker every now and again. She'd turned herself into 'one of the guys' long enough to ensure he would win the gold coin she'd put the curse on. But, of course as he comes to ask for her help, she realizes his charm is hard to resist. She doesn't want her heart broken so she leaves the curse in place hoping he'll end his old ways and maybe settle for one woman....her.

Have fun and stretch your brain some. If you feel uncomfortable, you don't need to post yours if you don't want to.

I may do this every Saturday. Let me know your opinion.


  1. I like this idea and your story about the coin. I'll see if I can come up with something but my brain is slightly fried lately.

    Congrats on your big news too!

    Thanks for coming to see me. Have a safe weekend.

  2. Thank you Heather. Have a safe weekend yourself.

  3. Congratulations on your big news. Loved your take on the coin.