Tag Archives: ideas

plotting…

26 Oct

Every idea is a seed.  Sometimes seeds don’t germinate and they either hibernate until the conditions are right, or they break down and become part of the earth.

When a seed is planted in the right ground at the right time it will grow.  How well the plant (or idea) flourishes depends on the care it is given.  You can let it run wild and grow organically into it’s own shape.  Or you can prune it and train it into the shape you desire.

Nourishing new growth will make it stronger.  Fertilising plants and feeding ideas, especially in the beginning, gives you the best opportunity for a robust result.  Eventually you will need to trust the elements will sustain the life you have started, and just remember to appreciate how fragile this balance can be.

I have firmly planted the seed of my idea.  Now I need to decide how to let it grow and feed it daily.

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brainstorming for NaNoWriMo

11 Oct

So I have discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) http://www.nanowrimo.org/ which in its essence is ‘thirty days and nights of literary abandon’.  So between the 1st and 30th of November participants try to write a 50,000 word fiction novel (roughly 1,667 words every day).  And, I figured why not?

This leaves me with a few weeks to settle on an idea for a story which I can visit every day in November with motivation.  Sounds easier in theory than it is in practice.

Do you go the Mark Twain route and ‘write what you know’; or on the premise of having no time for research do you go for wild fantasy where the world is tailored to your tale?

So many ideas, so little time…  And then, you start to think “it’s all been done before” and “how can this be different” and then you reach your worst fear: “what if I get halfway through and I don’t like it anymore?”  It is astonishing how much easier it is to entertain your doubts than it is to commit to creating.

The next couple of weeks I can luxuriate in all the possibilities.  The hundred and one tales I could possibly tell.  Then on the 1st of November, one way or another, I will put pen to paper (or finger to keystroke!) and one of those stories will begin.

And really, in the end, what have I got to lose except for the disappointment of not even trying.