Before Christmas, I was channel surfing when I came across a documentary. That documentary has changed my life. Not in a “My Goodness, I need to change” kind of way, but more a “Holy Crap! I have to write that story” kind of way.
Sounds weird, I know, but we seem to pick up ideas from the strangest of places. Mostly I get images in dreams that stay with me, and I use that as a basis for notes to a story, sometimes it is a piece of music – Genesis’ “The Brazillian” reminds me of a boat plowing through water, sometime a scene from a movie, a sentence in a book, any one of these can trigger a thought pattern, or an idea that has to go into my ideas notebook. Oh yes, I do have one of those…
Ideas just seem to come up and smack me in the face and say “I’m here, now listen up!” It is nice to have that, but then I have so many plans for storys, I sometimes wonder if I will actually get them all done or not.
But then some are so urgent, you have to write them, like the documentary inspired idea. It was about how Medusa (the serpent haired woman) became Medusa. What a topic, it was so grand and visual, I just had to find out more, and the more I have researched, the more I have learned that there are so many different versions of events. But that is the history of storytelling, each variation started from the same story, just someone embellished it somewhere along the line.
So, I am going to embellish it. I have it plotted out, just still researching some of the finer points of Greek history to add to the depth of the story, and that will be my mission, at least for part of the year, which is also one of my goals, start and complete another novel.
If you are struggling with writing, I would highly recommend watching a documentary or two, especially about anything historical, because you may surprise yourself and become passionate about something you hadn’t really thought of before.