In a previous post I wrote about the Call For Submissions for the Writers Abroad 5th Anthology. Our theme for this year is light as 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light based technologies. The good thing is that this theme is open to lots of interpretation and it could be anything. So where do you start looking for ideas?
International Year of Light Website – a good place to start is the dedicated website with lots of information about light and it’s impact on our world. The website is packed with information about light so why not go and have a browse and see if anything grabs your attention?
Dictionary Definitions – Light can mean many things, just Google it and you’ll see for yourself. This one source alone includes definitions, adjectives, idioms and the history of the word itself. So there are lots of interpretations to pull ideas from.
Sayings and Quotes – I often look for inspiration in quotes or phrases. Here are a few I found about light;
- Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? ~Maurice Freehill
- Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. ~Chinese Proverb
- There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures. ~James Thurber
Images – I’m a very ‘visual’ writer. I am inspired by pictures and what they could be saying. Here are a few images that depict the term light. Again, Google is a fabulous resource for this kind of thing.
Myths and Legends – I’m also into myths and legends. I love reading information about stories, characters that have been passed down the centuries. And each country will have it’s own stories to tell. Did you know that Elves are considered creatures of light? But not only day light, also the dark side… see the opportunities are endless.
Your own ex pat experience and adoptive country – being an ex pat throws you open to many different experiences and learning opportunities. Same goes for light, it may be that there is a local festival or a celebration, or you’ve seen a sunset, a sunrise or snapped a rainbow after a heavy rainfall.
There are lots of paths to follow when looking for inspiration. Allow yourself to wander amongst myriad meanings of light and I’m sure some nugget will start to form. Wherever your musings take you as long as your story or flash can be attributed to the general theme of light it will be suitable for submission.
Follow this link to the WA Anthology 2015 Submissions page when you’re done!