Recently, I went to Barnes and Noble. I know–a writer in a book store. Wow, what a surprise. What caught my eye on this trip was a whole series of what looked like books wrapped in plain brown wrappers. What could be more intriguing?
I have to confess I love the bargain books. Oh, sure I hit all the new releases, and the genre sections, but I always end up in the bargain books. The collage of subjects is almost overwhelming. There are magic kits, origami kits, books on just about everything, and old releases.
On this trip, the brown wrapped volumes drew my attention. The first one I picked up was “30-Second Theories.” I thought, I can spare 30 seconds. I opened the book and found it contained all the important theories in Physics, Psychology, Evolution, the Universe, and Knowledge. Each theory is set up in the same format. A 3-Second Thrash, a 30-second theory, and a 3-minute thought, a brief explanation, related theories, and a 3-second biography. Each topic is written by an expert and only takes a few minutes to read. It’s like a teaser to a movie. It gives you enough information to whet your imagination.
The series contained all sorts of topics from Anatomy to Theories. I got three. I’m a sucker for books. The 30-Second Theories, 30-Second Politics, and 30-Second Mythology. The first two are for me because I love science and politics. I was probably a geek in a former life. And the Mythology is for story inspiration.
My plan is to go through the 30-Second book, pick out a myth that intrigues me, and do more research on it as the theme for a book.
What do you use to get your imagination jump-started? Is it books, a walk, or something else?