Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Welcome to another episode of How the Writer Turns, aka- The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Once a month, writers from across the globe join forces to shout into the ether our hopes, dreams, and just whatever comes to mind (we're writers after all ;)).
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Today isn't really about anything I'm feeling insecure about. I think insecurity is becoming such a regular state of mind I'm beginning to ignore it (folks ask me what my sales are and I just smile, shrug, and say "don't know!"- it's keeping me sane ;)).
So today I wanted to talk about triggers. A few weeks ago I posted about where ideas come from. This is sort of an example of how those ideas become a major part of a story (plotters--you may want to stop reading now, this could hurt ;)).
I'm very mentally influenced by music as most folks are. For writing I like listening to various movie trailer CD's. Not specific movies, just mostly random collections. There was one that triggered a full battle scene in my space opera world.
A convent of military nuns, fighting for their lives.
My main character in that series, Vaslisha, had some tie to them, but I wasn't sure what. The song just totally captured the entire scene (don't ask me the song-LOL-it's on a blank labelled CD!). The fighting was there, the fear, the hopelessness. The pain Vas felt while seeing it happen.
I made notes to add the scene to the second book (book one is in edits for a release sometime in 2016 ;)) and moved on. Then another song, very similar to the first, just recently made another trigger. That Vas's connection to these nuns was an important part of her past and a whole bunch of ways for it to be worked into book one (yes, the completed book one) slammed into my brain space.
I now have another aspect to weave into my story, a major plot point for book two, and ways to make book one even more powerful--all because of a few songs.
So keep paying attention and let your mind roam when you listen to music, you never know where it will lead you!
What have been some triggers for your writing?
Happy IWSG day!