December 12, 2008

The Letter

A while back someone asked me to give them a bit of information about how I develop story ideas for Fragments of Fiction.

Not unlike a lot of people I tend to use my own experiences as material. It is much easier to write about what you know. And to a certain extent I pull from stories, songs and different things that I see around me. The combination is usually enough to give me an idea and then I take it and run with it.

When I was around fourteen or so I heard a song called The Letter. Here is a link to the Joe Cocker version. As a teenager I didn't realize how common or powerful the theme of love could be and thought that it would make a great movie. It took a few years and some exposure to films that weren't solely action based to realize that a lot of movies about the topic had been made.

"Give me a ticket for an airoplane
I ain't got time to take no fast train
Oh ,the lonely days are gone
I'll be right home
My baby she wrote me a letter

I don't care how much money I got to spend
I won't find my way home again
Oh the lonely days are gone
I'll be right home
My baby, she wrote me a letter

She wrote me a letter
Said she couldn't live with out me no more
Listen to me mister don't you ever xxxx
My baby once more
Anyway

Give me a ticket for an airoplane
I ain't got time to take no fast train
Oh ,the lonely days are gone
I'll be back home
My baby she wrote me a letter

Solo

She wrote me a letter
Said she couldn't live with out me no more
Listen to me mister don't you ever xxxx
My baby once more
Anyway

Give me a ticket for an airoplane
I ain't got time to take no fast train
Oh ,the lonely days are gone
I'll be back home
My baby she wrote me a letter

My baby wrote me a letter
My baby wrote me a letter
My baby wrote me a letter"


Anyway, I never did write, film or produce that movie. But I have written a few stories that sort of reflect its influences. One day I might take a shot at doing things on a larger scale, but for now I think that these stories will continue to float around inside my melon to be shared with you all upon occasion.

2 comments:

One Wink at a Time said...

It's always interesting to me to find where writers get their inspiration. I constantly "write" little vignettes in my head (is that what they're called?) and nine times out of ten, they're inspired by a piece of music I hear. I invented MTV in my head years before it was introduced...

Jack said...

Just think what you could be doing if you had been the person who brought MTV into reality. Life would be different.