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Mysterious ways

I should really be asleep right now. I have to get up early to go work in the school tomorrow. But my brain often refuses to shut up when I try to go to sleep early.

Tonight that resulted in a particularly spectacular example of the bizarre ways in which the writing mind (or the muse, or whatever you want to call it) can work.

See, I have this one story idea I've been wanting to write for five years now, wrote various notes on and even wrote the first couple chapters of, but could never get to work in a way that seemed unique enough. (This was supposed to be contemporary action-adventure.)

And I have this other idea I've been playing with for a few months, that's not really a story yet, but what I think is a really great setting + vague premise-y type deal. I was a little nervous about where the plot was going to come from, but figured I'd be inspired once I started researching. (This is supposed to be historical fantasy.)

Anyway, I was lying there in the dark pondering Idea B a little bit, and not considering Idea A at all, but mostly my mind was wandering over various popular tropes in YA novels and a funny, off-the-cuff thread over at the Blue Boards and it occurred to me that something was missing there, and something that happens to be in Idea A, and then the light bulb went on with a ding and I thought, OMG, I can put Idea A's plot into Idea B's setting/premise... and it just might work perfectly!

And all I can do is be thankful I ended up with a brain that likes to turn chaos into sense, every now and again. :)


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Mar. 27th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Just having read about this process makes me very curious to see what the final book (or at least, what a draft of the book) looks like. Hooray for turning chaos into sense!
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'll be very curious to see what it looks like, too! ;) I still have a lot of figuring things out to do.
Mar. 27th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
This sounds very intriguing -- and I love when that happens (though it doesn't seem to happen often, heh).
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, those moments where something just clicks--it's one of my favorite parts of the creative process!
Mar. 28th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I'm doing with my current WiP. Except I have combined Ideas A, B & C!! I am crazy, but it will be fun. And I'm only taking main character from A, possibly title and a little of the worldbuilding from B, with most of the plot & some of the setting from C. *dusts off hands*
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
It does sound like fun! I enjoy scavenging ideas that aren't quite working for bits I can use in other stories. :)
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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