The Big Bang

05 Oct

Faith Hunter over on Magical Words has a recent post about dealing with ideas as they come.  It’s entitled “Holding Lightning/ The Big Bang.”  Definitely a good description.

But where she finds this “the most painful part of the writing process” (she’s writing part tongue in cheek), I find it the most exciting part.  I love this part of my process.  It’s when all the scraps of molding inspiration come together in a great fermented morass, and I get drunk on ideas.  Then I stumble around my writing area throwing up all this sloshing goop on the paper, my keyboard, a napkin on the stove, even my arm on some occasions.

But, then, it’s the executionI have trouble with (and I have a lot), so I take my enjoyment where I can.  In fact, I have to be careful not to enjoy this phase too much. Otherwise I’d be filling up the barf bucket and no getting any inkon the page at all.  There is such a thing of too much world-building.

Now, I run on a continous big bang (thanks to Ms. Hunter for the term), so maybe I’ve just built up an immunity to the pain.  I’ve always got ideas ad parts of ideas swirling around in my head, and when they’re ready to be scooped out is up to the Muse.  And she’s chronically inconsistent.  A lot of people argue you should put combine ideas, pack the one story with juicy treats.  But that only works up to a point.  Spme ideas don’t get along, and sometimes the story is so full of high concept it’s ready to burst.  I’ve learned it’s okay to start  a new story, as long as you get down the bones and get back to your real work.


Posted by on October 5, 2009 in Ideas, Writing


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2 responses to “The Big Bang

  1. Uninvoked

    October 5, 2009 at 3:04 AM

    I have a folder on my computer labeled “idea box”, and whenever I get an idea I stop to write the idea down (everything that comes easily) then continue with my main WIP. When I get writers block I dig an idea out from the idea box. This is also where I put deleted scenes and any failed stories. You never know when it might come in handy.

  2. atsiko

    October 5, 2009 at 3:13 AM

    Yeah, that’s the way a lot of writers I know do it, and I’m glad it works for them. I wish I could do that. But I’ve found it beneficial (for me) to work on the idea a little, so that it’s trong enough to suvive without supervision while it works itself out in the aren that is my brain.

    Anyway, thanks for commenting.


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