Sensational Serendipity

“Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance
in a happy or beneficial way.”
Compact Oxford English Dictionary

Just love this word! It’s derived from Serendip, a former name for Sri Lanka, and was coined by the English politician and writer Horace Walpole after The Three Princes of Serendip, a fairy tale in which the heroes were always making fortunate discoveries.

I can still remember the delicious feeling I had when a teacher wrote out the word “serendipitous” on a blackboard — the roller-coaster feeling of it really appealed to me. It’s always fun to read about the role that serendipity plays in writing. Just recently I read that Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart were strolling in Central Park one day when they saw a group of high-spirited kids inventing their own games. Watching them play led to a playful set of what-ifs: What if a group of adolescents, suddenly faced with the need to make some money, decided to put on a show?

That small seed of an idea sparked by a walk in the park led to the hit musical Babes in Arms, which featured some of Rodgers and Hart’s most beloved songs, including “Where or When,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” and “My Funny Valentine.” After its debut on Broadway, the show was turned into a popular movie starring a young Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Now that’s an idea!

One of the keys to serendipity seems to be a relaxed and open playfulness. Let’s see if we can cultivate that adventurous spirit as we write.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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