Have you ever looked for a four-leaf clover, searched a seemingly endless mass of little green look-alike plants trying to find one that’s different from all the rest?
Whether you have ever found a four-leaf clover or not, as writers we search for an equally rare commodity: a really good idea for a story.
Before writing something new, it’s not a bad idea to linger on your current “patch” of ideas. Really good ones are as difficult to isolate as trying to find the one clover that is different from the rest. Sometimes what feels like a widely different idea is just a replica of one you’ve worked on before.
When a couple three-leaf clovers stick together and look like that elusive lucky four-leaf you have to pull them apart and examine them closer. It’s the focus on the patch that trains your eye. The more you get used to the pattern of similarity the easier it is to see something stand out.
And when you do it’s obvious. Finding the idea that will set you to writing is no different than the discovery of the four-leaf clover. It’s exhilarating and it’s full of promise and affirmation. T
The one idea that feels different from the rest feels that way because it is different from the rest.
Nothing feels better than plucking an idea that surfaced from a field of sameness to be that one not like all the others. Finding it may take scrutiny, focus and some pulling apart or dissemination, but what’s left is the best of the best and a foundation for a good story.
I love looking for four-leaf clovers and for some reason I find a lot of them. The trick is to really keep focusing on those three-leafs as long as you can and that one four-leaf will jump out at you eventually. It takes patience and I’ll admit I always stick the ones I find in whatever notebook I’m writing in.
Luck alone won’t make a bestseller, but when a good idea comes along it does makes you feel like something has touched you, chosen you and being a writer should always feel like that.
Christina for PenPaperWrite.
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