The Ideas Stash

The Ideas Stash

We’ve done it!

You, my lovely, generous, delightful readers and I have reached the end of the Jeff Goins 15 Habits of Great Writers challenge! Thank you for sharing the journey with me!

Today Jeff challenged his tribe to serve their readers, which helped resolve a dilemma I had. You see, this morning, I had come to a sort of stopping point with my radio play, and wasn’t feeling the love for any of the other projects I’ve got on the go, and a phrase from my dream last night that got caught in the the real world when the alarm went off and slammed the door of sleep behind it was sitting so pathetically in my head, cold and lonely with nowhere to go, that I decided to put it in writing and see where it led me.

The phrase was this:

“You need to go to the Ideas Stash.”

So, down on the page it went. I let it take me by the keyboard and lead me wherever it chose to go. Two hours and 1845 words later, I had to beg it to release me so I could get to work.

It’s unpolished and unlovely. It might have typos, it certainly has an island with a really rubbish name, but in the spirit of Jeff, I wanted to share it with you – a single piece of writing to show for our labours together.

I was thinking of drip-feeding it over the next few days, to keep you coming back (hopefully!), but then Jeff told us to give stuff away, freely and abundantly (and showed us the way by giving away his ebook free on Amazon over the weekend, and for a couple more days – if you hurry, you can still snap it up), so I thought, ‘Why not?’

So the first few paragraphs are here, and if you want to read it all, follow the link at the end to download a pdf version.

If you’ve got any feedback – suggestions, glaring errors, a decent name for the island – let me know!

Thanks for sharing the journey with me – it’s been fun! (And do keep following – I’ll continue to use this blog as a hub for all my writing in other places, but also with fresh content of its own from time to time.)


The Ideas Stash

“You need to go to the Ideas Stash”.

These were the last words I heard before my alarm ripped me from the dream world and into the day. The Ideas Stash; a mythical place where every idea for every story, song, poem or play is filed away, waiting for its writer.

The stash is a vast, dusty room, lit by huge windows whose many panes of glass are so warped and twisted with age that they fling the sunlight off at a thousand different angles. Through each shaft of light floats what to the untrained eye appear to be motes of dust, drifting aimlessly to and fro. Only the dreamers see them for what they truly are…

Intrigued? Download the story here.

13 Comments On This Topic
  1. neritia
    on Jun 25th at 3:09 pm

    Oh wow…I love your “full story”…!

    • Jennie Pollock
      on Jun 25th at 3:13 pm

      🙂 Thank you! I’ve just popped over to your blog, too – it looks great! I like the post about greed – good challenge!

      • neritia
        on Jun 25th at 4:06 pm

        Thank you – I’m a rookie when it comes to writing! 🙂

        • Jennie Pollock
          on Jun 25th at 4:08 pm

          Well, hopefully the 15 Habits challenge has helped!

  2. SuzanneG
    on Jun 25th at 6:32 pm

    Jeannie, your story gave me a delightful pause to my day. I think some of the fairy muse dust rubbed off on me, so I’m away to create new fantasies. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jennie Pollock
      on Jun 25th at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! Ooh, I’m excited to see what the fairy muse dust produces in you – do share when you’ve done it! Happy writing. 🙂

  3. islandsofmysoul
    on Jun 25th at 6:35 pm

    Hi Jennie,
    Just clicked on your name via Goins and LOVED your full story on your blog!

    • Jennie Pollock
      on Jun 25th at 8:05 pm

      Aww, thanks Shari, I really appreciate that – will hop over to your blog now and have a browse – intriguing title…!

  4. lisarrrr
    on Jun 25th at 7:47 pm

    I loved this!!! It reminds me of what’s coming out of the entertainment industry nowadays which is next to nothing original. Thanks for inspiring me.

    • Jennie Pollock
      on Jun 25th at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Lisarrr! Yes, I neary got sidetracked into a rant about 2nd hand fairy dust or artists that don’t bother going to the Ideas Stash, but time was ticking away and I had to restrain myself! Thanks for being my most loyal feedbacker over these weeks! xx

  5. The League of Champions
    on Jul 9th at 11:12 pm

    I also found you via the Goins list! Awesome work!

    I like the thought of an “Ideas Stash.” What if it never runs out? I believe that our ideas can only grow bigger and better and multiply and expand. They never run dry!

    • Jennie Pollock
      on Jul 10th at 7:32 am

      Ooh yes, I agree. I love how the same idea can mean totally different things to different people, too. So the ideas stash doesn’t launch everyone on the same route, just gives them those little prompts to follow wherever their own imaginations take them.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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