it’s an amazing feeling!
Yesterday I was so lucky to experience a burst of inspiration. I’ve managed to stay away from writing for a few weeks as my beta’s have SHIFT in their – hopefully – loving hands. Yesterday however, it was unavoidable.
I’ve always sort of had The Protector series outlined in my head. Nothing specific, but in general, I knew where I wanted to go, all I needed to do was figure out how to get there. Then, a few months ago, I had a new burst of inspiration that would bring the series to an entirely new level. Yes series. Not a trilogy like I originally planned. Now, I have yet to iron out the details of this idea, so the series could still remain a trilogy, but I think there might be a few more than three books in it.
All that aside, I’ve been thinking a lot about book 3 lately, and yesterday I was hit so hard with the who/where/what/how of it all, that it nearly made my head spin. Luckily, I had access to a computer, and I began typing. It didn’t take long before those ideas had filled several pages. This wasn’t an outline, just an outline of an outline. A brainstorming session really. I’m pleased to announce that the third book is gearing up to be one hell of a ride, and I’m on the edge of my seat with excitement to start the third installment. In fact, it’s actually rather difficult not to start it now while SHIFT is out, but I am holding back. I don’t want to start writing this book until SHIFT is completely ready for the copy editor. If I change my focus now, I’ll be doing a disservice to SHIFT.
This strike of inspiration got me to thinking. Sometimes we’re not so lucky to be near a computer where we can type out 90 words/minute of ideas. Sometimes were in the car, or at work, out of the house. You know, living life! If it wasn’t for my iPhone, and the Notes application, I’d have to go back to carrying a pen and paper, which isn’t good for me. My writing, well actually, my printing is nearly illegible, even to me. And half the time the notes I’d write would make sense at the time, but coming back later I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what I was getting at. So, technology has made life easier for me. Like that’s a surprise.
But what about you? What do you do when inspiration hits? Do you keep it in the back of your mind for when you’re near a computer. Do you keep a pen and paper within an arms reach at all times? Do you use your smartphone? What do you do to keep your ideas from escaping?