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Back to School and What?

Posted by lindamartinandersen on August 18, 2015

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“Back to School and What?” by Linda Martin Andersen

While reading the newspaper, I couldn’t help but notice all the Back to School ads.  Then as I brushed the ads to the side, I noticed an article about the Halloween store soon to reopen.  What? I had never thought of a connection between back to school and Halloween before.

Combining things that aren’t usually associated together can create an interesting story.  Tara Lazar’s recent blog post speaks of this tactic:  http://taralazar.com/2015/07/23/two-winners-plus-a-hot-video/

I Thought This Was a Bear Book by Tara Lazar  is a result of connecting things not usually associated together.  The story is about an alien who falls into the wrong book, a book about The Three Bears and Goldilocks.  Learn more at this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdviyeWbzWI

For more about Tara’s books check here:  http://taralazar.com/taras-books/

Back to the Halloween reference–I saw a post of creative door decorations on Facebook that reminded someone of Tara Lazar’s book Monstore.  I thought I’d include it here as well.    http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/galleries/35015/monster-doors

I hope you’ll be on the lookout for things that don’t normally go together that can be joined in a fun way.  I have a couple of Back to School and Halloween connections brewing.  Hopefully, one day they’ll be published books and I can say, “Tara Lazar inspired me.”  I certainly hope so.

I’d like to give a shout out for Tara Lazar and all she shares with writers.  Thank you very much, Tara!

I look forward to hearing about fun combinations you have formed in writing stories or other comments you’d like to share.  Thanks for visiting.  Come again soon and bring a friend.  Please remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them. Thank you! 

6 Responses to “Back to School and What?”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Thanks for sharing Tara Lazar’s idea of mixing two ideas thar aren’t usually found or thought of together! Back to school and Halloween…now you’ve got us thinking.

    Enjoy your brainstorming for new story ideas! Celebrate your imagination!


  2. I like the idea of two things that don’t belong. And I’m sure your story will be very interesting, Linda. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      I can imagine some fun art using this approach too. I think you’re good at a new spin on things in your art! I enjoy seeing your work. It feels new every time I see it. Thanks for commenting! Always great to hear from you!

  3. This reminds me of a recent blog post in which the writer quoted Scott Bell. His advice was to just open up a novel, find a line of dialogue, and insert it into your book and see what happens. OR, open the dictionary and find a random word and do the same. All about mixing it up! Hmm…I’ll have to think about how I can do that in my WIP!

    • Carol,

      Thanks for sharing Scott Bell’s approach with dropping something in and seeing what happens.

      Now that you mention it, Joy Acey does some of this with words picked at random to start the creative juices flowing. She likes to accept word list challenges and poem form challenges. Gotta love people who try new things regularly.

      What id you give one of your characters an expression to use in dialogue or something along that line, Carol? I’m sure you’ll find just the right mix.

      Thanks for commenting. Most appreciated!

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