Monday, September 26, 2011

Odd Inspiration Moment

I love love LOVE when something about a WIP finally clicks. I was struggling a bit figuring out the backstory of my book, and since the backstory is a HUGE part of this particular book, this was kind of a problem. There were several things I was struggling with:

  • why my MC had ended up where she had
  • why her love interest was also there
  • how he got there, and how he came to be her love interest in the first place (I needed their families to be against their being together, but I didn't want it to be too Romeo and Juliet with all the hate and family feud issues going on)
  • and there were several other issues about my MC and her family/background/personality/character, etc that I just was having a really hard time figuring out.
So, needless to say, work on this WIP has been pretty slow because I needed this stuff worked out before I could really dive in. Oh, and add to all that the fact that I've been toying with making this book a partial verse novel (and hence needed to decide when and where to use poetry...and what type of poetic form(s) I wanted to use) and yeah...issues LOL

And then last night, I was sitting there watching Drop Dead Diva (awesome finale, can't wait for next season!!) and all the answers just fell into place. And I'm not really sure why. There was a murderer on death row on the show. He'd killed somebody = he was bad. But he loved his sister, wanted her to have his heart after he was executed, and he seemed genuinely sorry for what he'd done = maybe he wasn't so bad. 

And something about his character sparked an idea and everything about my story that I was struggling with just fell into place. I'm not even sure what it was because I'm not going to make my MC (or her love interest) a murderer or anything like that. It wasn't in any way a literal "ooo I'll do the same thing." 

But something about that character's story, the conflict in him, tweaked the right creative thread and the issues I was having in my manuscript were suddenly clear...as were their solutions. 

I grabbed a notebook and wrote out 2 pages of notes. And for the first time in a long time I am excited to start writing :D

Have you ever had a weird inspiration moment? Where something totally unexpected inspired an idea or made that problem area you'd been working on suddenly fall into place?

7 comments:

Christine Fonseca said...

Awesome! I love being hit by inspiration.

Caledonia Lass said...

It always hits when you aren't thinking about it. You could be doing anything but focusing on those issues and something clicks because your brain is still working on it while you get stuff done. I love how the mind works. ;)

Stephanie McGee said...

I love when inspiration strikes.

Unless of course my muse hits me with a 2x4 of inspiration while I'm drafting her last 2x4.

I'm officially intrigued by this story. But then Romeo and Juliet has always been a favorite of Shakespeare's canon for me.

Hope you get to start writing soon! (Oh, and sonnets. Definitely sonnets. But to be different use a combination of Spenserian and Shakespearean.)

Now you've got me wanting to work on my own poetry...

Elle Strauss said...

It's so exciting when inspiration strikes! Happy writing!

Shari said...

I have totally had experiences like that. Where something totally unrelated happens, but it makes perfect sense to me and my story.

Congrats on your epiphany!

Lindsay said...

Yay to inspiration. I love it when that happens :)

Mark Noce said...

Glad it clicked for you. I feel your anguish in trying to figure all that out, but I also share your delight in succeeding:)