When it comes to working on stories I do some of my best thinking when I’m part of an audience, especially if the show is less than scintillating. It could be a play, a music event or church; there’s something about being in an audience that’s conducive to the creative process. Someone who knows more about creativity can figure it out, I just know it works gangbusters for me and I’ve heard other writers say the same.

Here’s an example. Apparently, the play wasn’t completely holding my attention, so I worked out an idea for Cloudette, where she finds a little space to watch the sunset. The scene eventually changed to watching fireworks, then made it into the book. My favorite part is the little note from my niece who was with us (see arrow). Halfway through the last act, she wrote her suggestion for an after-show activity on my program — “DQ?”

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