Wolfie’s Into Dog Heads
The most often question any writer gets asked is “Where do you get your ideas?”
A better question would be, “Where don’t you get your ideas?”
Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere. I told my class Monday night, writers have to be observers. We can’t just go through our day with tunnel vision like a lot of people do, we have to be watching, observing, looking, so when an idea presents itself, we’ll recognize it. A writer’s brain is never turned off.
Me? I find and recognize ideas in a variety of places. One being the internet news outlets. There’s some weird things out there folks.
Like Wolfie Blackheart, an 18-year-old San Antonio girl who believes she is a werewolf. She even wears a tail and dog collar. One of the things Wolfie enjoys doing is finding dead dogs (road kill and such) and decapitating them, boiling the heads, and sitting the skulls outside for the brains to leak out. She says it’s a taxidermy thing.
No kidding. Hey, maybe it is a taxidermy thing . . . but it’s still weird.
And what’s her mom think of her daughter’s dog ways? “I say, ‘Don’t sever heads in front of me.’ She usually does it in the woods.”
You can read the whole story here. It’s worth it, really. Proves real life is stranger than fiction.
But that’s the kind of story that spurs my imagination and gets me thinking of story lines and plots and characters. Everyday stuff, ripped from the headlines . . .
Normal teenage behavior. Yeah, right.
So where do you like to recognize ideas?