Writing Rule #7

Did some training at work, this week, and the trainer had a cool word for using another’s idea as inspiration.  Hitchhiking.  So…

Rule #7  Do not be afraid to hitchhike on an idea you like.  Don’t steal, don’t copy, but allow the ideas of others to inspire you.  Read a story.  Would you have done the same?  Did you hope it was going somewhere it didn’t end up going?  Did the interesting character that never got mentioned again capture your attention.  What if a character like THAT had been the protagonist.  Etc.  Don’t take, but stick out your thumb and use someone else’s car to get you to a destination they didn’t end up driving to.  What would you bring to it?  Then bring it.

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