Friday, October 8, 2010

Dreaming of the Muse

Woke up this morning from a dream that was more than just a dream. It was the inspiration for my next novel! I'm excited, because NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner, and I was worried that I wouldn't get inspired in time.

I don't want to jinx it by talking too much about it here, but I can say that it will be science fiction (finally!) and that it will have a heroine.

Now my only frustration is having to wait until November! I hope I don't lose the spark in the next few weeks, because I'm really feeling it right now. However, I have tons of stuff to keep me busy until then, so it's probably best this way.

Does this ever happen to you? Do your fiction ideas come from dreams? Do they just pop randomly into your head? Or do you work diligently to create and catalog your muse whisperings?


Project Savior said...

I'm a glutton for punishment, I've got my Nanowrimo novel all plotted out in my head, but I want to finish my current one before then 25,000 more words. It wouldn't be so bad but I've hit a major flaw in the timing that leaves me a week (in the novel) between the 1st and 2nd act.
As far as inspirations, that's how mine come nearly fully plotted out and just waiting for me to fill in the details.

Emma Larkins said...

Wow! That's definitely hardcore. Mine does tend to come out pretty much by itself, without a lot of "prodding" by me - I just know what comes next. However, I actually physically stop myself from thinking too far ahead in the story, because I find it sometimes makes me not want to finish it. I never know how my novels will end :)

Chase Winters said...

Not that my style matters much, seeing as how I have not written a novel yet, but with me, I mostly have to work to create the overall story. Sometimes, yes, an idea will strike me when I least expect it but even then, it's bare bones; usually, it's just a line or two, which I then work on to expand.

I'm trying to write my first novel and any time I'm writing it, I have near zero idea of what will happen in the next chapter. Right before I start the chapter, I try to think of very basic ideas/outline for a part of it. Then I'll start expanding the ideas/outline and see what new dialogue/actions I can branch out into as I write.

I guess what I'm saying is this: I try to avoid waiting for awesome ideas to hit me out of the blue because I don't think I can rely on that happening frequently. Instead, I sit down to write when I'm in the mood to, and assume/hope ideas will come to me then.

Of course, this does mean that I often get badly stuck at spots, get scared of beginning to write, and write slowly and without "flow". I handled short stories more smoothly, if I remember right. Still, like you, Emma, I like discovering how the story will turn out as I write it, so I don't think I'm going to attempt making a lot of plans any time soon.

Emma Larkins said...

Thanks for stopping by, long time no see :). It definitely gets easier over time. Actually, I should rephrase that: if it never gets any easier, than chances are you aren't a writer at heart. But I've seen your stuff and you are a good writer, so I think with practice you'll do great things!