Thursday, January 20, 2011
How do I come up with ideas? Mostly in my dreams. Okay, I know that sounds a little out there, but it’s true. I actually have dreams where I “watch” my story. Sometimes it may only be one or two scenes, but it’s enough to create an idea.
After my idea is created, I record it in a Word doc that I keep just for this purpose. Currently I have well over 30 ideas recorded. In the doc, I separate it into these categories: Teen, Soldier, Historical and Contemporary. Most of my ideas are contemporary, but there are a few others that sneak through. And my husband just came up with a great Sci-Fi idea! So, I need to create a new section for that. Not really my thing, but the idea is really great.
At first, I just put down a few sentences to make sure I remember it for the future. If I have names or other information, I will add it. At this point, I actually go through the story in my mind. I work it from the beginning to the end. It can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks to flesh out the basic details. I just keep it rolling in my head until the right situation leads to the next. If something doesn’t sit right with it, I keep thinking until I find what is right.
Eventually, I get back to my Ideas log and record more information. This way I know all the details for when it’s ready to work into a full blown synopsis. From here, I select and idea and start to actually write the synopsis, character interview and novel. (Okay, so I haven’t actually written a novel yet, but that’s why I’m here right?)
As I said, most of my ideas come from dreams, but not all. A couple months ago, I was walking into to a Chinese restaurant for takeout. While walking up to the door, an idea hit me - out of nowhere. Another time, I was grocery shopping and saw a couple and bang – an idea! I never know when or how I’m going to get the idea, but they always keep coming.
I really feel that God sends me these ideas. I want to use my writing to show God’s love for others and I pray that He uses me in this way. So, I really believe that He has given me this talent. Now, I need to use that talent to get this book done. So, I’m going to keep working on getting the first chapter REALLY done… as soon as this idea I currently have going is out of my head.