A week ago, my three-year-old daughter and I snuck under the covers for her afternoon nap. The phone rang within seconds of our settling in and thanks to caller ID I saw my husband's office number on the display.
We chatted a bit too long according to the little one laying next to me who started singing, "Shit, shit, shit."
Stifling laughter, I whispered into the phone, "Can you hear her?"
"No, what is she saying?" asked the hubby.
"S-h-i-t over and over again."
"What are you going to do?"
But the child would not be ignored so we decided to end our conversation until I got her to sleep. I explained to my tiny, curly headed daughter that the particular word she sang was not polite.
"But you use it," she said.
Well, she had me there, so we agreed to try and not use it anymore.
Here is where the writer in me steps in to explain why I shared this story. The words penned above speak of just one of the many comical incidents I experience as a mother. But the writer in me sees more than a mother trying to keep her child from saying a naughty word.
My creative side sees:
- An article about the importance of leading by example
- A humorous out of the mouths of babes story for a parenting magazine
- An article offering tips to parents on how to deal with a child who uses naughty words
- A funny story to share with the readers of my blog
- A fictional account where a child is verbally and physically abused by his father but overcomes it to give a better life to his own children
- The story of a person who tries to win every situation by striking a deal, until it leads him to a deal with the devil and he loses his soul
These were only a few of the ideas which popped into my head when I composed this entry. Perhaps you saw other ways in which to use it.
The moral of the story is: take what you know and turn it into an article or story that can inform and/or entertain your readers. When we write things that ring true for us it is likely they ring true for others. And isn't relating to our readers what this business is all about?