Ideas. Ideas are everywhere, I mean everywhere. They show up anywhere at anytime and you have to be ready to catch them, write them down, put them into action. Sometimes they are a brief conversation, almost like a hush, a whisper into the air that happens to make it’s way to your ears into your mind, body and spirit.
I am toying with a title for a short story that I’ve been working on. I’ve already changed one of the characters names that suited him better. Then I changed the title but I’m still not keen on it, so I let it go, but just recently I asked myself what I needed to do to make this story jump out and grab you by the collar or at least have a catchy title to even consider reading it? Then last night while I was in bed reading the last of Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert.
I turned my attention away from passion and toward curiosity. I asked myself, ‘Is there anything you’re interested in right now, Liz? Anything? Even a tiny bit? No matter how mundane or small?’ It turned out there was: gardening….Now I wanted to plant a garden in the backyard….I didn’t desperately want a garden, understand. I wasn’t prepared to die for a garden, or anything. I just thought a garden would be nice. Curious. The whim was small enough that I could have ignored it. It barely had a pulse. But I didn’t ignore it. Instead, I followed that small clue of curiosity and I plant some things…. ~Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth then goes on a three-year journey of research about gardens and people who garden. She then writes ‘The Signature of All Things’ from the idea of having a garden. It was a hidden treasure talking quietly and Elizabeth was able to take the time to listen.
I said yes to every single tiny clue of curiosity that I had noticed around me. That’s Big Magic, too, you see. It’s Big Magic on a quieter scale, and on a slower scale, but make no mistake about it – it’s still Big Magic. You just have to learn how to trust it. It’s all about the yes. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
I said yes to one small idea and now it has a life, a life with over thirty thousand words, but yet no title that fits the story, until now. I was at work and talking to our executive chef and we started to talk about some hotel business, then I shared how nice it was to see his wife again. I know they have had some concerns recently about their relationship and that’s all I can really say about that, but he said something and it was like a little bell going off in my head, ding,ding,ding, that’s it, that’s the title. I said ‘oh, that’s good, can I use that for a title the short story I’m working on?” He agreed “All yours!”
All I know is inspiration was standing right there with us during that conversation and bam! Part of the idea was completed, what a great moment. Thank you inspiration.
Until next time, keep on typing….