Morning Coffee – 11 January 2021
Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.
- Where do writers get their ideas? (I get mine from a guy in Poughkeepsie; they come in a 12-pack for $14.99. Other writers have other methods.)
- Dave Morris digs into the possible origins of the term "grammar ho".
- Mike Shatzkin shares his thoughts on what 2020 meant for book publishing.
- I don’t know about you but I am expecting the new copyright small claims court to be deluged by "he turned my book into a collage" and "he quoted my book in his review" cases.
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Felix January 11, 2021 um 8:26 am
People always ask where writers get their ideas. One of my favorite webcomic authors wrote a three-part article about it; I still had a few hundred words to add, and it will probably come up again in the future. The one you link is kind of amusing, TBH. But then, apparently people are seldom aware of their own creative processes, or interested in figuring them out. And I could speculate about the reasons why, but mostly it just seems counterproductive to me.
Disgusting Dude January 11, 2021 um 11:09 am
Fixating on the source of ideas is worrying about the least important aspect.
The real difference between successful authors and wannabes is knowing which ideas to pursue and how to make viable stories out of those ideas.
Back in the old tradpub only days there was an entire class of dreck called "Three Chapter Wonders", that made it to market on the strength of a summary and a three chapter opening. Once you took the book home you realized the writer had no idea or interest in figuring out how to bring the idea to fruition.
Nate Hoffelder January 11, 2021 um 1:10 pm
I spent some time this year figuring my creative processes out, actually. I was surprised by the answer.