So I’ve got an idea for an inspirational speech. “Fill it Up. There is always room for more.” But only that germ. I need to develop it. 2 or three points with about 2 supporting details each. I like stories and descriptions so I’d like my support to take that form.
I also need a hook – story, quote, question, provocative statement with which to start. I need a clear statement of purpose. I need a personal attachment. This is tricky since the concept is a bit different than the way I actually live – I’m more of a thinker than a doer. So maybe the approach will rely on contrasts.
I also like funny. Ironic twist -> but it means I need to spend part of my time misleading the audience (dangerous tack).
So what follows is a brainstorm session. A mindmap – normally I do these on a piece of paper an the map grows visually, but I’m doing it here. To do the map you write a central idea and then brainstorm ideas to surround it. Then for each of those ideas your brainstorm around them. Three to five levels will provide way more information than is needed.
Fill it up -> central idea
Who, what (lots of whats below) ,why, where, when, how
more relationships, love, faith, fun, responsibility, stress, worries, time, optimism/hope, charity, learning
stuff: full house, cars, electronics, tools
body: bladder, stomach (all you can eat buffet), head (ideas), full of BS
water: pool/reservoir (flow vs. overflow), sink
avoid jar of rocks/sand metaphor (cliche, familiarity) – what are the differences from my idea, jar has max vs. no max, order of filling vs. always able to make better choices. jar is a nice visual metaphor though…equivalent for my argument?
gluttony vs. temperance -> good and evil, read Chesterton’s view of excess <- might be a distraction from the throughline, “Good, bad. I’m the guy with the gun.”
“too much of a good thing” <- obvious counter argument
“There’s always room for Jello!”
examples – wikipedia, time for crap like television
why – good – able to fill with good stuff, able to replace other stuff. Really good stuff has no upper cap. Time/Space can be made (made bad word)
why – bad – obviously a false idea – too much causes fat, complacency or addiction, time and space available are finite
stories – the impetus for the idea was Mom telling me she had to find room for Dad’s food in their condo. Not a good idea since it isn’t my story
while unemployed my days were still full, learning or job hunting, but not as full as when working
concept that no matter the size of your home you’ll eventually fill it or you’ll fill up your free time or no matter how much money you’ll be able to spend it <- sort of the core idea. The choice is what do you fill that up with?
stories – I gather stuff – games, comics <- can’t see how it fits theme
Need a story and a hook still – will put this away and come back to it when it comes to me….