Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Young and the Restless

My characters are getting restless. Whenever I finish a draft or revision, I never want to see it again. For about a day and a half. Little by little, the characters start stirring and trying on different scenes just to keep me interested. We're between drafts right now, and they are getting itchy to move. I was getting ready this morning and the TV in my head ran a great scene between two of my main characters as part of a possible revision scenario. Hopefully sometime soon I'll let the show run and find out what the changes are going to be.

I've said this before, but I write from a show that plays in my head. I imagine a scene and then push "Play" and see what happens - what the characters say and how the story unfolds. It's like I don't really have anything to do with it - I'm just the dictation secretary. I thought everyone did this until I was having dinner with a few other writers and I mentioned the "head movie" and they looked at me weird and scooted over just a little bit. I got over it. As long as the movie keeps playing, we're all just fine in here.

On this date: In 1937, the Hindenburg disaster.


Disco Mermaids said...

I didn't "scoot over." I ducked and took cover! Kidding! Ha! No, I'm totally starting to relate to your "process." Lately, I'm finding that I'm sitting down to write a scene without any idea as to how it's going to unfold. I just say to myself, "...and...go!" and wait for something to come out. And it's always a surprise. Sometimes good, sometimes not, but I just trust that the characters on the page will say and do exactly what they need.
Did you just scoot over?


cynjay said...

That would be my arm around you! Welcome to my world.

I do think Jay just scooted a bit though...