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WIP Wednesday: Trust Your Crazy Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I come up with some ridiculous ideas between projects. Seriously wacky. Recently I’ve come across a number of lesser-known myths and urban legends from around the world and think, how I can put a spin on them? Note: other countries have much, much creepier urban legends than the Moth Man and Big Foot, which make for great horror stories.

            Do you ever wonder how much is too much? Or, how crazy is this idea?

            I have. All the time. I blogged about it in this post on my personal blog, but I wanted to mention it on a WIP Wednesday here because this sign stared me down in my room this morning:


            I honestly forgot I had that sign. I bought it at tiny crafts festival some number of years ago, and placed it above my desk as a reminder to always trust my crazy ideas. In retrospect, the project I was working on at the time had nothing on my current WIPS, but I thought it did.

            Always trust your crazy ideas. Your crazy ideas are probably original and fresh, which puts you ahead of the curve. Sometimes just the right amount of crazy in a WIP is exactly what that project needs.


            So what’s the craziest idea you’ve ever had for a WIP?


  1. Crazy ideas spur all kinds of great story. Definitely agree with you.

  2. I don't know about crazy ideas but I felt crazy pursuing publication.

  3. Crazy ides are good; sometimes they turn into good books! Ask Neil Gaiman

  4. I often get kind of weird ideas-- inspirations-- yes, crazy ideas. I try to write them down, not dismiss them outright and see what happens. Some fade, some prosper. You're right though-- they need to be embraced!

  5. I've gotten some weird ideas myself and it actually formed into a paranormal story! Originally, I planned to publish this particular story during Halloween, but I'm currently working on another project.

    Crazy ideas could definitely lead to a great story!

  6. This is awesome! The best ideas ARE the crazy ones lol

  7. Crazy ideas are fun! The craziest was probably a romance idea my brothers and I made fun of, one written with so many cliches and exaggeration that one couldn't help but laugh the whole time.

  8. You're right. The crazier the better. I need to take a look at all those crazy notes I've made.

  9. Nice motto. I don't know if... oh yeah, years ago I thought of writing a story about Santa as a madman. I mean how crazy you have to be to dress in a red suit and fly around the world every year distributing presents? But this was going to be more of a schizophrenic or psychotic Santa. Unfortunately, okay, fortunately, this idea never developed into a real story that I could stick with.

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