New Fairy Tales

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As I lay in bed last night, listening to my husband’s gentle snore, my mind kept swirling around a recent blog I’d read dealing with fairy tales and today’s market. Fascinating thing. Of course, the fact that I wrote my master’s paper researching fairy and folk tales had nothing to do with it. The swirling had to do with a new story idea trying to come out of the fog and into clear thoughts.

I didn’t turn on lights. I felt that by doing that, I might dispel the images and snatches of story I could almost visualize. I slipped out of bed and felt around for my itty-bitty flashlight, found a ton of blank index cards, and started writing bits of characters, plots, scenes, theme. About an hour later I went back to bed.

This morning, from a distance, I recalled my night raid to the blank index cards, but honestly couldn’t remember the fabulous story idea which came to me in my sleep fog. After one look at the word “unicorn” on the top card, and — blink — it was dark around me once more, and I was in my story again.

BTW, John Lennon wrote many of his songs at that dream-state of waking.

Moral of this story? At sleep’s beginning and sleep’s end, be prepared to net those fleeting story ideas.

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2 thoughts on “New Fairy Tales

  1. But stoies are much more than simply ideas. Anyone can come up with ideas. People have told me they were going to write down ideas or incidents and then have ME write out their stories. Yikes! They do the easy work, and expect me to do the hours of hair-pulling writing, rewriting, revising, etc. lol Not going to happen.

    Sure, ideas are fleeting. Grab them when you can. But just like the fish that got away, there are lots of other fish in the sea.

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