I think I’ve mentioned in other posts that I sometimes use lines that people say. I’ve proved it this past month by using something that Misty Evans said twice. In a comment on a January guest post, Misty said:
“My hometown has less than 4,000 people. There are some great folks here, but gossip is rampant. The saying is, you can’t do a cartwheel in your front yard at 8 a.m. without everyone knowing about it by dinner time.”
In a guest blog on Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs, I quoted Misty. Then last week I was working on my next Miracle Interrupted book, and I used it again with a twist:
If she did a cartwheel on her front porch in the morning, everyone would be whispering by dinner time about the kind of panties she was wearing.
Today’s blog makes it three times that I’ve used it. I think that’s it for that one.
I’ve also used things my husband and I have said in intimate moments – not the tender stuff but the funny stuff. I’d repeat one but that’s probably not a good idea. It’s in one of my paranormal books, but I won’t say which one it is.
I’ve warned people that I’ll use what they say. What I won’t use are lines from someone else’s book. Or from comedians and TV shows. Someone sweated to get that line, and using it just seems wrong. But when I listen to comedians, I sometimes get ideas in a riff-like effect that puts my own take on the subject. My final line wouldn’t be recognizable to the comedian.
Everyone says something funny or quotable at some time. And not always humorous. My son’s motto is “It’s all good,” which I’ve used in a book before. I’m sure if I wrote a book with small kids in it, and I lived with small kids, I’d be putting in real things they said, whether it’s funny, profound or squeezes of the heart.
Have you heard anything that you would put in a story?