Wednesday, November 5, 2014
IWSG: Ideas for sale?
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Ideas for sale. Ok, not for sale so much as I would like to find out where they come from. As in what invisible entity is selling these crazy ideas for my books to my brain.
This idea of ideas came as I speed through last night's NaNoWriMo word count. I'd had a vague idea of what was coming up ahead in my story earlier in the day. Not too far, mind you, just the upcoming scene. Then, as I was chugging along, a brand new set of ideas took over and completely changed the direction of that part of the story.
That happens a lot to us pansters, we never know completely where we're going, so we often jump the rails. And writing at the accelerated word count of NaNo even makes it worse.
But this time I really thought about it. About all of the times that I zigged in my story instead of zagging. Where I brought forth one character and let another fade away. What happens to all those other stories? the other ideas we had that just went "poof"?
Back in the day, before I realized I really am a pantser, I'd try plotting. More notes of ideas really but still, I'd lay down some ideas, then go off writing only to come back to find my ideas had totally changed. I still find notes jotted down that are light years away from where my story ended up and I find myself wishing I could see how that "other" story would have turned out.
I like where my stories have ended up in the past, so hopefully the same will hold true with my current WIP- but it does make me wonder about ideas. And where they go when we don't use them.
Have a great IWSG day and if you are NaNoing -good luck!