Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sucky Ideas... How to Improve

Are you tired of crap ideas?

Or no ideas at all?

Well the idea bucket is here to save the day, just follow the simple steps listed below!

Place the bucket at the edge of your bed right before you retire that evening.
Recite the mantra "Fill my bucket" three times for the best outcome.
Mail 3 installments of $9.99+ s/h to ideabucketworks

Customer Reviews:
Amy, 35, housewife - I've been struggling for years trying to think of the perfect story when this informercial came on, I had to try it! Thank goodness I did, now I'm going to be a published author all thanks to ideabucketworks!

Disclaimer: We do not give refunds, this method works and we stand by our product. However we are told to notify you that Amy has been compensated for her false review. She did not come up with an idea and is not becoming a published author. We still stand by our product.

If all ideas happened this quickly there would several people writing their hearts out! Unfortunately as writers the one thing that is amazing about us is something that often gives us the most trouble. Ideas do come out of thin air... that's when they're the best, something in our mind is triggered and brilliance erupts on the page.

Lauren Conrad, Hilary Duff, and Snooki do not count.

So if you're feeling a little low on ideas don't fret, they'll start flowing again! For my NaNo I needed to come up with a fresh idea... well if you've checked out my WiP World tab you know that I have all the ideas in the world, and the minute I signed up for NaNo my idea machine broke (No I do not have a machine... or an actual bucket) but after digging a bit I came up with my idea!

So when the ideas are low here are some tips:
1. Watching Jersey Shore might help - I mean it worked for Snooki
2. Imagine what it would be like if you were a pint size little barbie (or Ken) living among humans (Aren't you curious to how you would survive?)
3. Go to a drive-in movie theater and count how many couples are making out... then shower them with popcorn.
4. Watch I know what you did last summer (every edition) and Scream (every edition) to know what NOT to do in those situations.

What? Did you think they were actually going to help you come up with ideas? I'm not the frickin' idea fairy... go find your own.

57 comments:

Candyland said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! This is why I *LOVES* you!
Please fill my idea bucket so I don't have to do it on my own!!!

Diana Mieczan said...

hahahaha...That just made me laugh out loud:)...and my hubby entered the room to see what is so funny...hahah..I love nr.3 idea:)..I need to try it out:)
Happy Thursday,sweetie

Ps:I hope you had a chance to enter my Giveaway!

Nomes said...

Oh - i wouls so sign up for your idea bucket.

I have snippets and scenes and some charcters floating around but no proper inciting incident and no major hook/conflict. I just spent my night brainstorming but meh...

still i need to have something before nano...

:)

Christina Lee said...

LOLOLOL!!!!!!!! me loves it!

Taryn Kincaid said...

Now there's a great idea!

Was it in the bucket?

Bish Denham said...

ROFL! My problem has NEVER been being without an idea. My problem is I have SO MANY ideas all clamoring for my attention that it is hard to focus on just one. (Don't tell anyone, but I've been near paralized unable to decide what to write about.)

Rachel Roushey said...

Great post Jen. Definitely made me smile this morning.

Melissa Gill said...

The idea bucket, now why didn't I think of that. Do you think they have a web site?

Cruella Collett said...

Tee hee, you're too funny! Normally I don't need a magical idea bucket either, but if you find a "stick with your WiP" machine, I'll take it!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Bahahahahaha! Oh you're so funny. Great way to start my day.

Jessica Bell said...

LOLOL! You are a smart cookie! VERY CLEVER! hehehehahahaha!

aspiring_x said...

hee hee hee!!!
seriously though, your idea bucket file idea thingy for storing blog post ideas has really been saving my bottom lately... so in a way you ARE a bit of an idea fairy!

Summer Ross said...

LOL, thanks for the smile. Great post Jen- I have an idea for NaNo, its my publication that all my idea machine went on the fritz for-

Christine said...

Am creating an idea bucket for my night time slumbers. Great post!!

Amie B said...

funny!

i don't usually have problems with ideas. in fact, they come too easily and too fast. i can't keep up with them.

my problem is dealing with my crummy writing.... sigh

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm good for ideas!

DL Hammons said...

TEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

ROFL!! Ah, Jen, thanks for starting my day with a good laugh! :-)

Teenage Bride said...

Oh Jen this is why you are one of my favorite people!!

Shannon said...

Glad I saw this - I was just about to purchase the idea bucket. Dang. Back to the drawing board. =)

Jennee said...

haha brilliant! This totally made my day because I've been needing help from the idea fairy!

Joanna St. James said...

this is crazy funny, i have an idea bucket that visits me in my dreams. I have been told sometimes I mutter please don't 4get over and over in my sleep.

Creepy Query Girl said...

lol! I need an idea bucket just for all the crapper ideas. Maybe an idea toilet would be best. Congrats on finding yours for NANO!

Colene Murphy said...

bahahahaha! Perfect!
Good luck on the idea for NaNo.
still debating on joining up with that myself.

Lenny Lee! said...

hi miss jen! i really like that idea bucket but i gotta tell you its pretty much way over priced for what you get. popcorn and barbie. ack! ha ha. my brother andrew said to say that a bucket by the bed has got a lot better use. ha ha!
...laughs and hugs from lenny

Melissa said...

What?!? The Idea Bucket doesn't really work? Awwwww.......

Chris Phillips said...

Quick questions. If I buy two does it make me have more ideas or better ideas? Also if I act now can I get a mini idea bucket or flexible reading lamp for no additional charge? tia.

LTM said...

wait... so I buy the bucket from you or I make my own and then send you the money???

Am I having a blonde moment? ;p

<3 U~

P.S.
Go w/the barbie idea.

Carolyn V. said...

LOL! But I need an idea fairy! And an idea bucket.

Love this post tons Jen!!! But I'm a little disappointed that there is no bucket. Dang.

DLCurran said...

Bwahahaha! Hilarious, Jen! Love the fake infomercial - my three-year-old was laughing at me laughing!

Hope your day is light and lovely and filled with ideas to fill up your bucket! ;)

tywo said...

Hahahaha....I love love love this! I laughed all through! It's hilarious! Every sentence! ha!
Oh, I have never been to a renaissance park. Now, that you described it in the most perfect way, I can't wait to go to one!! :)




LOVE!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Haha. I've just posted my money for the ideas bucket...what do you mean it isn't real! *sobs* :)

Hannah Kincade said...

Dear Fake Idea Fairy,

You are not helpful.

Love,
Hannah

p.s.
I heart you. :P

N. R. Williams said...

If I had an idea bucket next to my bed, I'd stub my toes and fall on my nose on the way to pee.
LOL
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Lisa Rusczyk said...

Lol.

Bekah said...

Don't laugh but there are places that the FAIRIES roam- and Snookie- not her. I hit the library or the bookstore and read mad jacketflaps ONLY- no pages. I hit the history and non fic sections too. Also- try this website called seventhsanctum.com for a giggle. Really, if you are stuck it's funny and maybe it will spark something- there are lots of idea generator sites if you've a serious block.

Laura Marcella said...

Awesome! I haven't seen that infomercial yet! I'm going to YouTube it and then mail my money right away!!! WOOHOO!!!

Lol, thanks for the laugh today, Jen!!!

Lisa said...

LOL - my idea bucket fills itself at night. Some of my best ideas are from dreams (of course, then I have to work out the crazy parts).

L.T. Elliot said...

Awww...and I had my CC all ready. =[

Funny post, Jenn! Now I have to brew up some ideas.

Jenny B. Jones said...

When you do become the freakin' idea fairy, please let us know. I need to talk to her.

Diana Paz said...

Hi Jen, what a fun blog you have! Thanks for stopping by mine, your post is so funny. If there was such thing as an idea fairy, she'd (he'd?) probably own an idea bucket. We're better off on our own!

xo
Di

The Golden Eagle said...

I could use an idea bucket sometimes! LOL.

Mary Anne Gruen said...

Count me out on the idea bucket. I'm always struggling to find time to write the ideas I have already. I like big long stories and series where the characters become like family. I always envy short story writers.

Kimberly Franklin said...

LOL. Loved your post! And everyone can mail their 9.99 payments to me and I'll beam them fabulous ideas to their bucket! LOL. :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

haha Would you mind filling up my idea bucket? :)

Meredith said...

Hahaha! I love this! Especially the part about watching Jersey Shore--sooo many good ideas can come from that show :)

Alexandra Crocodile said...

Haha! Really funny post, Jen:) Now I really want to watch scary flicks!

Kelly Dexter said...

You should film a commercial for this! I love it :-)

Jennifer Lane said...

Hey Jennifer! Nice to "meet" you and thanks for stopping by my blog. Not to be too Stephenie Meyer-like, I actually got an idea in a dream for the novel I'm currently working on. I also get ideas when I'm out for a walk. Great post!

Michelle said...

Maybe I'm a little off-base here, but this post has the makings of a great story. :-O No kidding! Just needs some character development and a big win for the finish!

Ashley Stone said...

haha funny, I need a bucket!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

ahaha! Love the disclaimer. PLEASE tell me SNOOKIE is NOT WRITING A BOOK. SAY IT AIN'T TRUE. Sorry for yelling. Must go buy Paris Hilton's CD now. It's hot.

disclaimer: i hope you know I'm kidding.

Suzy Turner said...

Oh this is just brilliant!! Bummer though that you're not the frickin' idea fairy... that would have been useful!!
PS. Thanks for following my blog

Laura Pauling said...

If it were true, millions would be made! And yes, watching tv can def. spark ideas!

Heather Zundel said...

I liked your infomercial. It made me want to see if there was an actual site out there with that name. :)

Carrie said...

Great infomercial. I'm still waiting for my NaNo inspiration to strike.

Donea Lee said...

Hilarious!! I love your wit! :) I actually am an idea bucket - no really. LOTS of ideas...very little follow through....