Forum Friday: What’s in your story cellar?

I keep notes in many scattered places on things– places, events, phenomenon, mythology, unsolved mysteries, diseases, science, etc.– that I think would make for a good story, or else that fascinate me and would therefore be interesting to use in a story.

Among them:

Since these things are “fermenting” in my subconscious (or perhaps more accurately, my hard drive) like grapes into the wine that is stories, I am calling the collective of such lists my story cellar.

What about you? What are some of the ingredients steeping in your story-crafting cellar?


10 responses to “Forum Friday: What’s in your story cellar?”

  1. Reblogged this on The Literary Syndicate and commented:
    Julie asks an interesting question. Check it out my friends!

  2. What a great idea. I can see how you benefit in collecting such tid-bits as a story-teller. You’ve inspiried me to be more of a sleuth in seeking out story clues. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    1. Glad to hear it, Tony! Will be interested to see what you come up with πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Julie, long time no comment. How is Shifters coming?

    1. Heyo! So I had some really good reader feedback and am just finishing a round of drastic revisions. Will be submitting again very soon! Thank you for asking πŸ™‚

      Looks like The Literary Syndicate has really taken off!

  4. I have a little book I put all my little facts like that into. Comes in useful years later wehn you get the right project for it.

    1. Oooh, I love books like that! My problem is that I have too many collection-type volumes… They all start as books for separate things but then kind of blur together…

  5. You might find your imagination is rather unique Julie πŸ™‚ I love the idea that you store all sorts of miscellanea in the expectation that you’ll make a story from some of it. A bit like a chap that collects driftwood and fashions new objects from it.
    I suppose I’m always wanting to explore the relationship between past and present – to what extent, and in what manner, the gap might be bridged – which I find I’m doing again in my present WIP.

    1. Oh my gosh, YES, I am always so impressed when a book pulls off alternating past and present well. I’ve read two really great examples of that recently: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Both were excellent. Will look forward to hearing more about your WIP will bridge the gap!

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