Monday, October 19, 2009
Where do ideas hit you?
When do ideas come to you? Is there a specific time or place?
Not for me.
When I am working on a new WIP, I am consumed with working out the details, especially if there are puzzles that I need to solve.
I'm not talking about puzzles like those used in the Da Vinci Code. I'm talking about the fact that I need a character to show a particular characteristic, or behavior, and their actions need to seem believable.
It really irks me when an author has a character do something that is completely not how the character would act, but the author has done it to move the story along, or setup some other plot point.
That's why it is so important that all these elements fit together, and also why it's a puzzle that needs to have all the pieces fit together perfectly.
The puzzle pieces don't just come to me as I write. I usually know the ending of my story, and I am trying to advance the story to get there. I need certain actions to happen. I need characters to feel a certain way. Coming up with reasonable explanations takes a long time.
The ideas hit me at all hours of the day and night. Sometimes it is at work, and I can quickly jot them down on my computer, or a notebook. Sometimes it happens while I'm driving, and I use the voice record feature on my phone to record a message.
Sometimes it happens when I'm otherwise busy, doing a set at the gym, taking a shower, or taking in a movie at a theater. Those are the most annoying, because I have to work hard to remember them until I can jot them down later.
When do your ideas hit? And what do you do to make sure you don't lose them?