Unusual Places for Plotting Ideas
Blogger: Michelle Ule, filling in for Mary Keeley who is traveling this week.
Where do your best plotting ideas come from?
I, for one, get some of my best plotting ideas while sitting in the pew at church.
Is this a Satanic effort to distract me from the teaching?
Or is my soul going into overload while worshiping, and so God feels free to speak to my mind with plotting ideas?
(That may be the result of the theological content of hymns versus praise songs. You can argue that on your own.)
The picture at right is a good example of what my bulletin looks like by the time I get home from church every Sunday. (I could plead for more white space in the bulletin, but that feels like cheating.)
This particular Sunday included plot points for my current novel, writing ideas for blog posts (five!), a reminder to contact a friend, and Google search information for a subject I’m covering in the story (that came from the sermon).
I scribble them down so I can remember them and continue to worship. One little note, and then I’m back in the service singing with the rest of the congregation. No one knows except the people sitting on either side of me, and they’re usually too polite to ask.
Is it rude to scribble plotting ideas during church?
Like many of you, the twists turn up at odd times, often when I’m not even thinking about my manuscript.
I can’t guess how many sudden brilliant plotting ideas turn up while I’m in the shower.
Or driving the car home from Zumba (do you suppose this is a result of extra blood to the brain?).
I carry a pad and pen in my purse to scribble down the thoughts so I don’t lose them.
I once spent an day traveling through northern Italy writing out the entire back story for a character in a book I was plotting. (No surprise, he was Italian).
A recent one came to me while waiting in line at the car wash. By the time the car was clean, I had the novella outlined. Amazing. Even to me!
This morning while a little bored in Zumba, I came up with an entire idea, some back story and a list of questions to ask an expert in the class with me. Maybe it is increased blood flow to the brain?
Share with us some of the unusual spots you’ve been in when inspiration struck.
(And did anything ever come of it?)
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Bonus question: Do you get more writing ideas from praise music or hymns? Click to Tweet