The truth about the fear of success

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby CageSage » Wed, 23 May 2018 12:58 pm

That was a great read!

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby Rkcapps » Wed, 23 May 2018 1:53 pm

and great cat pictures ;) Love the Akismet bit! lol!

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby CageSage » Wed, 23 May 2018 2:17 pm

I think those cats work harder than I do at the moment! I have to work on that incentive, inspiration drug (was it acid?) -- no, it doesn't work, never did. It takes bum on seat, fingers on keys, brain on habitual time to start work, etc.
I loved knowing it happens to us all (not that we'd admit it).

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby PaulE » Wed, 23 May 2018 3:19 pm

Ok, did anyone else think time-sniffing dogs would make for a great story?

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby CageSage » Wed, 23 May 2018 3:43 pm

aaaahhhh, yes; the right dog for the right purpose. He wears a deviator on his ears to disable the distraction of human interest - only a true hound can recognise the locations that warp time, and therefore spill off bits that can be collected and stored - like a bone in the hole - for later.

Or was that a joke?

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby PaulE » Wed, 23 May 2018 3:51 pm

CageSage wrote:Or was that a joke?


No, it's those sort of throwaway lines that sometimes trigger story ideas for me.

I once mis-read a conservation poster which I thought said "What are the frogs hiding?" (it actually said "Where are the frogs hiding?"). Next thing you know I was coming up with a frog conspiracy story.

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby CageSage » Wed, 23 May 2018 3:55 pm

I love it! And yes, I think I could come up with a story idea for the frog, too, but not if the dog is too close. It's the thrum of the frog that puts off the dogs sniffer internalisation - he'd woof a lot of time trying to get rid of the aural distraction (or eat the frog).

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby PaulE » Wed, 23 May 2018 3:58 pm

The frogs are stealing time, and the time-sniffing dogs are working to foil their plans. See, now two completely random ideas have merged to form a fight for the fate of the universe.

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Re: The truth about the fear of success

Postby CageSage » Wed, 23 May 2018 4:04 pm

yes, that could work! The secret power of the dog is in finding the wavelengths disturbed by the frogs as they steal it ... it goes on. I love finding these little gems; I write them up and put them in a folder called story ideas, and then try to build a beat sheet around the initial paragraph or thought. If it doesn't have the depth to build a basic beat sheet, I leave it at the bottom and give it some more time to find its place in the world of story.
Eventually, it will find enough to fill in everything that will take it through the highs and lows and rough and tumble of a full story with an arc and theme and characters who enable a reader to live the story through them.
It's an obsession, isn't it?


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