Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ideas, hometown

A horse-drawn carriage in my hometown.

I once met an author who said she was having trouble coming up with ideas for stories. "Nothing interesting ever happens in my town," she said. So she read about other exotic places that she thought were a lot more exciting than her "boring" town. Then one day it dawned on her that there were stories all around her. Stories right in her own back yard. Many times we fail to see what's out there because we're so familiar with our surroundings. Take a look around your own city or town. I'll bet there's interesting characters and historical spots that make for a great setting. You don't have to go far to find a good story. Sometimes it's right there in your own back yard.

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