The other day, my husband and I were talking when he called someone a 'hawkeye'. I replied, "What is that?" since what I heard is 'hogeye'. He responded that he was being facetious since the guy cannot see anything far away. I still didn't understand why a nearsighted person would be a 'hogeye'. I was still confused. I repeated, "Still don't get it." He patiently elaborates, " It's like calling a big guy 'Tiny' ." I thought that was hilarious, but still no prize for getting me understand 'hogeye'. Much later, after I wrote it down, he got a chuckle.
In my current manuscript, I needed a secondary character to appear and I didn't have a name or persona. I gleefully used the idea from this conversation to name him 'Tiny'. No, I won't be using the names 'Hawkeye' or even 'Hogeye", but I love the thought of meeting a hulking character called Tiny. This is really how I get a lot of ideas for major and minor plotlines and characters. Something happens in daily life, and I think, "I could use that."
Actually, I wonder if most authors just pick up a daily newspaper to come up with some intriguing and unique plotlines. Haven't you ever read a news article and thought, "You just can't make that stuff up!" I believe that's why people are so drawn to reality televisiont. You know what they say... Real life is stranger than fiction .