My post today is adapted from a post I had on my blog, but it is no less yummy. Promise.
As far as my ideas go there are two camps.
There's a happy place where characters are friends, plot is clear and the blank page is, well, written on. This is the familiar forest. Ah, how I love it like a warm blanket. Or soft cookies with ice-cream...
Sorry, I'm back.
Then there's the other place. A dark and evil land I've dubbed the forest of new ideas.
What am I talking about? Stick with me because I'm heading somewhere. Promise.
Okay, I'm going into Stephenie Meyer territory here. I had a dream. A dream about a character, a flash of a plot and an opening line. It was so vivid I woke up and wrote it down.
Yup, technicolour imagination overload. It happened to me before with the current MS. It woke me up, tortured me at inopportune moments, and was an overall schizo voice in my head. I HAD to write it.
So, after some debate and assistance (thanks to Operation Awesome) I started on the shiny idea. Was I scared? Hell yeah. But I finished the SNI (shiny new idea) at the end of October.
Except the idea grew during that time. My characters insisted their story wasn't over yet. They had me writing new scenes, rough outlines and plot twists. And yes, they still wake me up at 3am.
So now I'm working on the next stage of the story. I'm back in the spooky part of the forest of ideas. I can't see my way. I've got no map and compass. I have a few friends to share the journey, but there are some new people I don't know walking with me. Some of them don't even have faces yet!
But it's kind of exciting at the same time.
A new wip is like the rush of a first kiss, the first piece of chocolate or the "Ahh" moment that comes with taking off your shoes after a long day). Or meeting someone for the first time and knowing you'll become friends.
Because, after all, an idea is a friend you don't know yet.
And to help with the ideas you may be working on, Nathan Bransford wrote this awesome post on writing tips from reading Harry Potter