Thursday, October 30

*SIGH* LOVE AT FIRST WRITE


 Writers are often asked what their favorite stage or thing about writing is. Is it the beginning, the end, the glory of a finished product, world-building?

My immediate response is always dialogue. Because I'm good at it and it comes easily for me. In fact, if I'm struggling with a scene, I will find some way to have a conversation. For me, dialogue might be considered a crutch--because I don't force myself to have those quiet, introspective moments the character might need to have.

But today I realized that my favorite part of writing is actually the birth and development of a new idea. 

The seed for my new idea came from a plaque I saw at work. What happens under the mistletoe stays under the mistletoe.

And I thought, "What if it didn't?"

So, I revised the saying to, "What happened under the mistletoe should've stayed under the mistletoe."

And every time I passed the plaque--I'd placed it on an end--I'd think of the story I wanted to write. Then I finally broke down and bought it, so that it didn't disappear. Now it's sitting on my desk as a constant reminder of the seedling in my head.

This morning, plot sprouts woke me up and demanded to be written down.  I had character names, a possible love triangle and jobs for the characters. And there's a cupid. And maybe the mistletoe doesn't play as big of role as I'd originally thought. But, then again, maybe it does.

I have another book to finish before I start tinkering with this one. 

But, my how I love that first blush of a new relationship.

10 comments:

  1. Enjoyed hearing of the birth of an idea. I also like the bright plaid behind the words:) Looking forward to hearing how you develop the story.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. I'm looking forward to it, too :)

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  2. I love the first blush, too, when things are shiny and new and I don't have to worry if the motivation is strong enough or the goals are going to wimp out. Strengthening a good idea to great is another moment I love...but its the first blush of idea that really gives me the tinglies!

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    1. Yep. Tingly all over. Then the work begins and even though you still love it, sometimes you don't "like" it as much.

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  3. I love the plaque! And your revision of it. You're right - it's very story inspirational. :)

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I'm kind of enjoying it myself :)

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  4. Yes, I'm so with you, Margie! And I love how it can be anything at all...a plaque, seeing two people in an airport, a greeting card...you never know what's going to set off the bells, do you? Great post! Can't wait to see what your plaque turns into!

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  5. Me, too! I love the shiny new. I love that plaque too. What a great book title, and I'd even like the plaid on the cover.

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  6. It is a great book title, hence all the other books with that name. LOL. But, maybe by the time I've written it and am ready to market it--a few years away-there won't be so many recent ones. LOL

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