So there's this writer chat I hang out with--basically an online writer's group--where we basically try to be a good influence on each other. And a virtual water cooler, an d a "Hey, how do I...?"
Conversation that took place ten seconds ago:
[14:54] stillsostrange: I need a word to describe the way a ghost glows
[14:54] stillsostrange: spectral and preternatural have been used close by.
[14:56] beatriceeagle: Eerie.
[14:58] matociquala: fungal
[14:59] matociquala: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Omphalotus_nidiformis_lawson_lightoff_email.jpg
[14:59] beatriceeagle: Bioluminescence, yay!
[15:00] matociquala: or necroluminescence in this case
[15:01] beatriceeagle: Someone should really write a story about the biology of ghosts' glows.
[15:01] matociquala: I nominate you.
The truth is that anybody who is qualified to write a publishable story has, well... years of experience in generating ideas. We have more damned ideas than we know what to do with. The problem is finding time and energy and creativity to write them all.
Ideas are the easy part.
And even if Bea and Amanda and I all decided to write that story... they would, all three, be unbelievably different. Because we're different people, that's why.
(Oh sure, sometimes you'll see writers sitting around a table in a bar, and somebody will toss out a brilliant idea, and somebody else will say, "Can I steal that?!" And usually? The person who produced the idea will shrug and say "Yes." Because we know the truth: ideas are cheap. Execution, now that's expensive.)