Ideas Beget Ideas – The Creative Process
Isn’t it amazing how a little boost of possibility and creativity sends the imagination into overdrive?
A few weeks ago, I began to fret that I had no definite idea on what I was going to write next. Don’t writers have their next idea forming in their minds in the closing drafts of their novels, a little voice nagged? Where was mine?
Oh yes, I had an era I’m keen to explore. A couple of settings and a situation affecting a particular demographic I want to investigate, already suspecting a story hides there. But… Wispy thoughts – nothing tangible. Where was the brilliant, irresistible idea waiting to be written? The next bestseller!
Then, out of nowhere – the magic begins.
I started to write down some ideas for a YA manuscript I plan to redraft – post an assessment – and those ideas swam into my head so fast I could hardly keep up with my pen. Next an idea I’ve been mulling for an historical YA novel kept interrupting, demanding space and attention, so I was madly writing those ideas down too. And then a story start, from months ago, put up its hand, shouting, what about me? Sending me possibilities, what ifs and maybes.
In the midst of all this activity I gave up thinking about my long length novel idea at all, only I did decide first I wanted to bring in a link to France because that’s where it all started. And what do you suppose happened next? A young girl popped into my head, introducing herself and her parentage and, of course, then she needed a name. I never like to write down ideas about characters without giving them a name, bringing them to life.
Named, the little minx started to tell me a story and…
So it begins.
I’m excited and brimming with ideas and possibilities and no time to write the lot because uni goes back tomorrow. Still, now I’ve plans and projects and pathways, and I love, love, love the creative process.
Love to hear about your creative process. Do ideas come easy to you? Or do you have to lever them out with a screwdriver? How do you know, it’s the one?