Sometimes symbols or the mystique of something can influence our thoughts or behavior. The best storytellers seem to incorporate something that could possibly-maybe-perhaps become a reality in the world of the story. That's the beauty of fiction. Anything can happen.
Recently at a U of A basketball game, a young woman sang the Star Spangled Banner acapella. Usually, we just listen to the band or group or whoever is singing this routine tune. But the woman's voice was so clear and beautiful that about half-way through, the crowd started singing with her. Spontaneously. From mystique (those of us who can't sing in tune) to reality.
Research has shown that the photo of an old-fashioned light bulb makes us think of bright ideas or something new and creative. From image to action.
When I was in Ireland, I fell in love with the handmade Irish lace, so much so that I wanted to put it into a book. The local Irish shops set the reality stage for me – it's a hard sell. These days, nobody is buying doilies, no matter how intricate and beautiful. One shop was putting snippets of the actual antique lace in note cards as décor.
But what if. . . (cue light bulb) I gave the lace some significance, a myth going back generations? And so, the power of Amazing Lace was created. Claire, in Claire's Embrace, believed in the power because it originated from her blessed mother's hands. Claire's daughter, Brianna, did not dare to believe, until it happened in Secret Embrace. In Embraceable You the townsfolk of Haven's Point were quite doubtful until something magical happened online. And that impossible-to-sell lace began to sell.
Never underestimate the Power of Positive Underwear - and a good old-fashioned topless style show!
What do you believe? Do you have a favorite shirt, religious symbol, or something special that someone gave you? Maybe from one who is no longer in your life? Or an item that your great-grandmother valued? Something that gives inspiration or encouragement or even… power. What takes you from mystique to reality?