A Few Quick Thoughts From The Road19:00
A Saturday post? What is this? This is Imogen catching up (along with answering the many lovely comments you guys have been leaving me this week). As you can probably tell from the lack of posts this week, I’ve been away for a few days. After finishing my read through of Snow last week, editing progress has slowed greatly as I help my brother move house. However, that doesn't mean that while I've been away from home, I haven't been thinking about writing and books. So I thought that today I'd share a few of my random writing thoughts that I had while I was away.
- There's something both magical and crazy about driving around at 3am. It's rather like writing a book. You're alone in your own little world most of the time, occasionally meeting another crazy person also out on a crazy adventure. You sort of nod in recognition of your mutual insanity at starting this whole endeavor. Then you get back to following your own route, lit by glow worm lights that illuminate just enough of the world (or your story) to let you make the journey.
- Sometimes you're gifted with a breakthrough for your plot, which turns out to be simultaneously perfect, and inconvenient. Like deciding a character should be a step-father instead of an uncle. Which makes so much sense and adds a whole new dimension to several very important relationships, and works so well you wonder why you didn't do it that way to begin with. But it also means changing half the book just to fix that one thing. Why? Just, why?
- Inspiration can come from anywhere, even when you're in an unfamiliar place and you're busy and tired. Taking a few minutes between things to sit down and think helps too, but unfortunately, the best inspiration almost always comes at an inconvenient time when you can't really write it down. Typical stroke of genius, never able to wait a few minutes until you can actually capture it properly.
- Don't trust tired minds to recognise good things, whether they're ideas or writing. What looks awesome late at night always turns out to need a LOT of work later on. Of course, you should always write everything down, because you can get quite a lot of good material to work with. But reserve judgement until you've actually had some sleep and your brain is working properly. Deciphering my late night scrawls is a nightmare.
- Coming home is one of the best feelings ever because, no matter how much inspiration you get, no matter how many strokes of genius you have, no matter how much you can read and write in the car on long trips, there is nothing like coming back to the familiarity and comfort of your own home, with your own books and desk and bed, and your family. And that is the best thing about going away.
That's what been happening with me this week. Tell me, what have you been up to? What are you working on? Had any amazing but inconvenient flashes of inspiration?