Where ideas come from
June 19, 2012 3 Comments
I once worked with a man who had ridden every roller coaster in the world and planned his vacations to be one of the first to ride a new design. He enjoyed other adventures, like sky diving and flying an airplane, but riding roller coasters was his passion.
I created a character modeled on this man and my critique partners really like him. What makes the man interesting is that these are colorful activities but he is not a daredevil. Professionally, he writes computer codes and manages a team of technical gurus. Spiritually, he believes in the energetic connection, on a molecular level, of all things from plants to astronauts. He’s a very clear example of how we all need to have three dimensions to our character.
I copied this picture from Rachelle Gardner’s blog because it feels like the perfect metaphor of this current stage of my life. My astrologer sister assures me I’m on my life track but it is a wild ride. Sometimes I’m flying high, or speeding low, or on my head, or twisting to see all sides of the scenery.
A roller coaster is only one place where authors get their ideas.
I used to do webbit tours on this blog. These were posts riddled with links that did not follow any rhyme or reason but showcased cool stuff I’d learned doing research around the web. I can’t remember when I last encouraged my readers to spiral down the webbit hole, but between the new moon, the summer solstice, and a bunch of other stellar encouragements to begin a new phase, here’s some fun links to click that will take you into the world of ideas.
Consider the appeal of Cozy Mysteries as Paty Jager explains that plot and character development matter while the horror and gore are not on the page. Or learn about farm life details and cutting alfalfa.
Finally: Hop over to Trish and Rob’s other Wyrdness post for a ton of links on the history of the word Pronoia “the suspicion the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf” which is the direct opposite of paranoia.
The truth about living life, in my opinion, is we are all somewhere within the space between one extreme or the other. It’s a beautiful place to be.