Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Two Ideas

By Connie S. Hall

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” by George Bernard Shaw

This depicts the way I feel about my writer friends. When among friends I’m not afraid to share my ideas. Their plots or outlines are safe, and my thoughts and inspirations safe in our small group. They tell me if the picture isn’t clear or the story doesn’t make sense. My friends are always there to lend a helping hand.

Our goals are similar in purpose. We all want to become better writers. When you have a friend who is aiming for a similar objective, it’s easier to stay on target. I know when they correct my errors their intention is to help me achieve a better story. The knowledge they each have has helped me many times.

Sharing ideas with them has given me inspiration more than once. I can’t imagine keeping all my ideas inside my own head. That wouldn’t do anyone any good. I’d encourage each of you to share the ideas you have. The new idea you receive in return may be just what you are waiting for.


Tristi Pinkston said...

You are so very right, Connie. I can't even say how many times I've received help when I've shared my ideas with someone. They give me a fresh perspective and I am usually able to make my idea so much better because of it.

Anonymous said...

This is the essence of a good writers critique group, whether a formal group that meets regularly or a loose group of friends. They are great.