Thursday, February 17, 2011

Developing A New Idea

My WIP is off with its first readers, so I've allowed myself a few lazy days of lounging. But now it's time to think about developing my next idea.

My new idea came to me through random chance encounters...

Teen in bookstore cafe + a joke made during a dinner party = my cool new idea.

(I chose this idea because the challenge of pulling it off kind of scares me.)

But it's just an idea--an unformed blob. How do I give it shape? The idea sparked on June 13th last summer, so since then I've been collecting more information.

An essay in Men's Journal gave me a hint of voice, attitude... so I asked my hairdresser if I could keep the magazine. I've found a few more clippings--photos of the kinds of characters I plan to create, stuff that might interest my characters...

I've been gathering a stack of research books too. Some deal with my main topic, but others only relate to the themes a little bit. I plan to read a wide variety of stuff that will allow my mind to make unusual connections that will--hopefully--deepen my original spark of an idea. And add lots and lots of layers.

I won't be ready to write for several weeks, but I'll start playing with my characters' voices during my writing exercises. Let them talk without the pressure of creating WIP word count.

I'm also asking myself lots of "What If" questions about plot--jotting them down in the notebook I've set aside just for this story. Once I finish the bulk of my research I'll sit down with a thick yellow pad and list possible scenes, plot points, figure out each character's motivation, etc. For me, plot works like a puzzle.

Now I just have to find all the pieces...

2 comments:

  1. I love hearing how you gather things for literally all sorts of sources. A voice in an article, a plot idea from a joke at dinner, clippings to help formulate the looks. SO exciting. Can't wait to hear what your next WIP will be....

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  2. I can't wait to find out too! :)

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