Friday, January 16, 2009

Pray for pumpkins

As most of us realise, the same or similar ideas often result in very different stories. Campbell, Propp and others have given us tools to locate and understand the basic building blocks of stories, but in the end, stories take on lives of their own. I do, however, enjoy descriptions of where the ideas come from and this one is fast becoming my favourite. From Neil Gaiman's blog today: "Sometimes I think that ideas float through the atmosphere like huge squishy pumpkins, waiting for heads to drop on."

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