Serendipity: Serendip is the Persian word for Sri Lanka. It comes to us from a Persian fairytale called "The Three Princes of Serendip." In the story, through luck and accident, three brothers have adventure and happy endings. The word serendipity was coined by Horace Walpole (an author and art historian) in a letter to a friend after he read "a silly fairy tale." It has come to mean, "the faculty of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for."
I love the word myself. It has a happy and light-hearted sound to it.
Serendipity. I don't know about you but the vast majority of my story ideas are serendipitous; they are valuable, agreeable things that have come to me without my seeking them out.
They have come to me in dreams or from reading the newspaper. They have descended upon me from out of the blue while taking a walk or watching TV. They have appeared under rocks and beneath flower petals. They have startled me by jumping out from behind trees.
I have three rings binders and notebooks and file drawers full of ideas. And I mean that quite literally.
This then is my problem. I have so many ideas I have trouble focusing. It continually amazes and surprises me that I am able to finish something because I am invariably tickled, pinched, poked and nudged by other ideas while working on another. But I do. Somehow. I have lots of finished stuff to prove it.
What about you. Do you live in a lush flower garden of ideas where you have a difficult time choosing which flowers to pick? Or do you have to dig and weed and work the soil before you get a strong and worthy plant?