I had the most unusual thing happen to me this week.
As many of you know, Camp Nanowrimo has begun. I signed up to do 50k words with a plan to restart a novel that I began in 2005 that has a working title of “The Demon Hunter Diaries.”
At first I had a helluva time restarting it. It’s one thing to edit, and quite another to completely change and rewrite a story. I sat down and reread all the work that I had put in to it, and of course I hated the whole thing. I wondered why I had decided to do somthing like this…to retackle something so old and dead to me. Then I sat down and started to write the things just sitting at the tip of my brain and what started to come out of me seemed to have nothing to do with the original concept of this story. I was writing something about nursing homes for crying out loud! It had nothing to do with anything at all and I was pretty angry at myself for just following my muse. But then it hit me.
Everything that I had been writing the past day could be worked in to the original story and add extra depth to my antagonist/villian. I was writing the subplot for my antagonist…something I had totally neglected in my original penning of the story! How could I have completely forgotten about adding in HIS goals…and the ways that he had planned to accomplish them? This was what the problem had been with the whole story from the git-go!
So, as you see, sometimes your brain (or muse if you will) knows what it’s supposed to do, even when your conciousness isn’t cooperating with it. What an amazing tool it is! I am once again excited about a story that has been frustrating me for nearly 7 years!