A Grimm Outlook
“ ‘Garage sales’ is not a story idea. These are topics. A fully fleshed story idea has a news peg and answers the question, ‘Why are we doing this now?’ The answer ‘because we never did it before’ is lame. A story idea has news elements -- currency, importance, conflict or resolution.”
Phhhhew! Problem averted. I would have totally have done that. Sometimes I have a problem with being indecisive. Pitching a story may help me conquer this a little because I’m going to have to be specific. I already have a story idea, but it doesn’t apply to everyone, only English majors really. I’m going to have to probably do as Grimm suggests and work it and rework it until it gets accepted.
I also liked how Grimm started and ended on the same point: the fact that he’s been in the business for 25 years and still doesn’t always hit a homer with his pitches. He lets us know that sometimes in life, what we may think is an awesome idea, others may not. But that’s ok even if it may make you mad or frustrated. It has been my experience that sometimes good things stem out of frustration.