Let’s face it, I’m not inspired enough to blog every day. Or even to write ever day. I’ve never been an every day writer. I’m an every day editor, reviser, rewriter — but when I’m drafting a story I purge it onto the page and then I need a break.
Hence, no writing or blog post yesterday.
But, breaks inspire me. I think about my characters while I’m cruising the local Acme. I untangle plot knots while I’m changing out my manicure.
This morning as I sipped my second cup of coffee and read the book du jour, and early copy of Hazel Gaynor’s The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (fabulous), I saw the last scene of an unwritten, not-fully-realized NEXT book. It played out like a movie in my brain, as these things tend to do. So I rummaged for a pen (why do I never learn??) and picked up the notebook I’ve dedicated to the cause of my Shiny New Idea. I scribbled down the scene.
For a new book idea to take hold while I’m deep into writing another book is a blessing and a curse. I have to jot down all the ideas that pop to mind for this new story — and like in When You Give a Mouse a Cookie one thing just seems to lead to another and another. It’s exhilarating and it’s distracting. I do not think it’s a subconscious procrastination tactic (though I gave that some serious thought) because I am still enamored with The Last Bathing Beauty. I even know what I’m writing today which is a big deal considering I’m a planster (that my plotter/pantser combo I talk about in my Fall WF workshop and what I’ve always claimed to be).
I won’t say anything about my Shiny New Idea except that the idea came from a magazine article, similar to how the idea for The Last Bathing Beauty came from a newspaper story. And that the last scene involves a pie. Now, I know what you thinking –that sounds sweet, right? 😉
What inspired you to write today?