One day I was minding my own business, in that dreamless area between sleep and consciousness, when I became aware of a rather angry gentleman expressing his unhappiness with our current economy, the government, his current circumstances, and how he planned to make a statement. Then he repeated it.
The third time I repeated his story, I got up and wrote it down……and he ‘left’. So now I have this angry, three page mantra….now what do I do?
Take it to my writer’s group and see if anyone else can make sense of it.
One guy piped up, “Oh , I sooo see zombies in the next scene!”
Ummmmm….I’m neither a horror writer, nor do I write zombies! I put it away.
Flash-forward a year or two, when I’m sucked into Season #2 of The Walking Dead. After a couple of episodes, I remembered that Angry Man story, and it has evolved into a twisted saga that I’m still trying to make sense of!
A few months ago, I was sitting in church, and for whatever reason, looked up at Fr. Dave, who had a strange expression on his face. The thought popped into my head, “What if a pastor/priest could see the auras of his congregants, and could tell who was pious and who was not?”
Suddenly, a little boy decided to enter my head and tell me how it all began!
More recently, a vendor’s attitude at the Indianapolis Christmas Toy and Hobby Show upset me so much, I decided to make him the focus of a short story, in which I’d hurt him slowly and painfully. What evolved turned out to be the 3rd story in my time-travel trilogy, where an interesting twist to ‘Uncle Charles’ is revealed.
Status: Complete, but now have to finish the SECOND story in that saga!
My point is, inspiration hits anywhere. People watching, dreams, wondering ‘what if’.
And yes, I hear voices in my head. Not the sadistic kind, just the ones who want me to write down their life stories!
What About You?
I’m off to my 35th Class Reunion this weekend! Where, coincidentally, classmates tossed ideas to me at the 25th, and ‘Class Reunion’ was born four months later. Also at the 30th, a classmate came up and suggested not only a character name, but a title. Six months later, ‘Kira’s Slice of Pizza’ was born. Wonder if anyone will have plot suggestions after they’ve been into the alcohol this time?
I also plan to visit the 4-H fair on Sunday:)
Have a great weekend!