Sunday, February 26, 2012

Exploring Things Firsthand For Ideas

I know, I have been inactive lately on my blog, but taking a vacation from "work" can be beneficial. I have been able to edit The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer (part of it), work on a short story, experience a car convention for some ideas, and write a little bit of Agent J. This is the focus of my post: experiencing things firsthand for ideas--and I already have a post similar to this one.

Today I went to a car show and experienced a few hundred new models from the generic brands like Ford and Chevy, and some from Audi and Porsche. I am still coming up with ideas, and figuring out where my story, Agent J will lead me. In The Impenetrable Spy 1, Zack receives a Shelby Gt500 that has been tricked out and outfitted for missiles, autopilot driving, Gatling Guns, etc. While a Gt500 is no Porsche, or Audi for that matter, it has a cool design, but a little conspicuous. I plan for him to keep his car for the entirety of the series, because a lot of work went into designing it, and coming up with all of the gadgets and concepts, including a remote that allowed Zack to control the car's weapons while laying flat in his seat (it reclines all the way down). Agent J starts off with a Lincoln Town Car, but I have been trying to find a car that would suit him once he joins the CIA. I found a few cars today, including a few BMW and Subaru models. I know, enough with the cars, get to the post!


Experiencing conventions, museums, or any place that has objects/material for your books will be beneficial coming up with ideas, but understanding how something actually looks, and not just an image from Google. I was able to sit firsthand in some car models that I noted that "Agent J" might possibly drive. But, they would definitely be tricked out, like Zack's car. People get ideas from the internet, TV, and the radio all the time. The best ideas (in my opinion) come when you actually are able to experience something. This is what I'm trying to get at: if you see something, a convention, a museum, or a festival that would benefit your book, movie, band, or anything you're doing, take the chance and experience it firsthand!

11 comments:

  1. Great post, Spence. I couldn't agree more. Nothing is better than writing from the heart, but second most important is to experience what it is you are writing about! Then you can be genuine (and readers know the difference, don't they)? LOVE your description of Zack's Shelby GT. Can't wait to find out what car you choose for Agent J. Nice writing, young man. :)

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  2. I agree, experience is the key! And as of now, I am thinking about Jack's character becoming an undercover spy, so he might get to drive some better cars.

    Thanks!

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  3. I have a sneaky feeling you are not really 12 years old ROFL

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  4. I'm 13 now, but here's the proof: http://www.unrulyguides.com/2011/08/spencer-brokaw-author-the-impenetrable-spy/

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  5. I will tel you why I don't think your 12 years old. As you market yourself as a 12 year old. I have a sneaky feeling your an adult, masquerading as a 12 year old. The pic is your boy and the reason you market yourself as a 12 year old is .. few will be harsh on a 12 year olds writer

    Now I could be completely wrong and you are just very grown up.. but few 12 year olds spend their time writing, its just not what 12 year olds do.

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  6. WOW

    My sincere apologies you are the real deal..

    Damn few 12 year olds write. SO my hat goes off to you

    Oh and if anyone else thinks your not young.. go listen to the podcast .. its a kid.

    WOW, DOUBLE WOW

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  7. I should put that on the side of the page, so people know that I'm not lying about my age. And it's fine, if I was an adult I wouldn't believe I was 12 either. I hope you enjoyed the article. Have a good day!

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  8. Quality Essay Writing is an art, That need lots of research in different topics after a good research writer shows his thoughts by clear words. Good Vocabulary and phrases show the existence of writer in his work that is what a writer ever dream for.

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  9. I really like that car a lot especially in that color since it looks so exotic.

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  10. I do too, it's a good color for the car.

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