Posted by: codecalla | January 9, 2013

Insomnia’s gifts

Insomnia’s gifts are quite amazing.  My mind continues to work, after I try to fall asleep, and the next thing I know I’m bolting out of bed, scrambling for the computer and a pen.  My next story has turned into possibly three, or more.  My characters are starting to talk to me, which is always a good sign.  I’ve heard it said that writers could be a little crazy…  not so.  Probably.  There’s nothing wrong with submitting to the realm of creativity when it moves you.  What if you piss off your muse?  Will they continue to whisper to you if you ignore a suggestion?  I write everything down, and then make decisions about what to pursue.  Just because it was inspired doesn’t mean it will work out immediately.

Making solid decisions about my story can be a weakness, because sometimes I just want to see what happens.  I have a synopsis, and now, I have three other stories that I could tell with the same character.  It’s times like these that I realize the need for a trusted editor and sounding boards.  I participate in a local writer’s group, although it only works when my schedule is open.  My colleagues are interesting, active, and intelligent.  However, they are quite busy.  When I’m trying to make a decision about a story, I sometimes envy those writing teams that collaborate.  It’s not that I’m not capable of creating on my own, but it’s nice to have some perspective at least when the writing reaches that stage.  Did I mention that I have been working on three or four other ideas?  My mind leaps about, cavorting and revisiting characters, as if the characters say, “Vacation?  Hey, come back here and tell what happened to us!”

Well, I’ve almost worked it out.  I still need a bit of time to consider things, and then the journey will begin.  I keep thinking of plots, sub-plots, counter-plots, character-foils and motivations.  The most fun is determining the personalities.  They’re definitely beginning to speak to me.


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