Monday, 16 May 2011

Island of ideas

In the middle of the ocean is an island. 

From above the island doesn't look like much. You probably wouldn't catch some celebrity sunning themselves while on a break from their box-office success. But, to me, the island is the best place in the world. 


Did you see the monkey? No? Look closer. You just missed it jumping from that tree. What tree? The big jungle over there to the left. Darn. Now the elephant's blocking my view. Hang on, I'll move around it. 

That's better.

If you squint (are you squinting?) you can see the golden temple in the distance. That's where the protagonist will have to go to find the treasure. But you know the villain will try to get there first.

Can you see the villain yet? I'm sure he's lurking around here somewhere. I can see his henchman behind that tent. What tent? The one on the beach. Did I mention the beach?

Why am I talking about imaginary islands? Because ideas are like an undiscovered island. There are hundreds of them, thousands, floating in the ocean of creativity. They might not look much from above, but your island can be whatever you want it to be.

You just have to look close enough. 


Melissa said...

oooo I love this!!! I love the way you approached this post and wrapped it up in the end. Our islands really can be whatever we want them to be, thanks for reminding me of that.

Jessica Hill said...

Oh, I love this! So, so true.

Creepy Query Girl said...

I like your island- monkeys and elephants and treasure oh my! I might hop off my highschool romance island and take a vacation on a bahama one. Great post!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

And this is why I'm focusing on my settings a little more than before. I realize I do have the imagination (okay, and Google images) to help me create kick butt settings. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes we can link together a whole chain of islands!

Stephanie said...

true, true!

Colene Murphy said...

You island sounds awesome! Take me with island sounds just perfect right about now! And you're right about the writing stuff too...I just got lost in the sunshine and waves in my mind...shhhhhhhcushhhhhh sssssslllllcchhhuuchhh...(waves)

Aron White said...

I like the analogy. I haven't quite figured out a metaphore for where my own ideas come from, but I'm working on it :)

On a side note, I couldn't help, but be reminded of Billy Joel's song, "River of Dreams" when I began reading this post. Might be just be me :)

"In the middle of the night,
I go walkin' in my sleep,
From the mountains of fame,
To the river so deep..." and so on an so forth.

Probably just my crazy imagination :)