Friday, November 4, 2011

A Stephenie Meyer Moment

So last night while plugging away at my nano I got really really excited. Because as much as I might plan and outline and THINK I have the whole story mapped out in my mind, my characters or setting or even plot surprise me with new twists. This happens all the time in writing and is one of the reasons writing is so enjoyable. But last night I was clobbered with an idea that took a very traditional concept (in Hawaiian mythology) and turned it on its head. Guys, its so cool!

It's like how Stephenie Meyer decided vampires didn't have to have fangs, or sizzle from crosses or holy water. And how they can come out into the sun...sparkling. I know Hawaiian mythology isn't as well known as vampire folklore, but STILL--it makes me so excited to feel like I'm inventing something no one had even considered before, and it's absolutely thrilling.

After finishing my word count and some, I talked my husbands ears off in the garage while he worked on his hummer. (Payback for silently listening to all his search and rescue stories)

Him-You're going to have to...
Me-I know.
Him-And what about...
Me-I did this and this...
Him-Wow. That is cool.

So yeah, you could say I'm excited to get going on my nano today. I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next.

One of my CP's just wrote about finding joy in writing here.
So what keeps you motivated?


Kelley Lynn said...

I'm with you. I go in with an idea but then my fingers run away with something else which turns out to be better then what I originally planned.

Hawaiian mythology...sounds very cool :)

Emily said...

I LOVE this. I'm with you. I'm constantly surprised at where my novel takes me. I believe writing is very organic for most people.

I literally can't wait to read your nano now.