I’m starting to realise how much idea-theft goes on in the blogging world. “Hey, I really like this post idea” turns into a string of similarly-themed posts that continue for at least a week. Me, I think it’s a good thing. It’s an online discourse where lots of opinions and perspectives are shared. For this week, I need to thank Kathi L Schwengel for her look at whether it’s the author or the characters who really write the story.
It put me to mind of something I’ve experienced numerous times in the Greylands process. Possible it’s coincidence (and some of you might even think “What else could it be?”), but too often I read my submissions, and somehow the authors ideas have fallen directly on what I had planned for the rest of the story. Now, they can attest that I never shared where the story was going, or what would happen to the characters – they write based on stories that have come before. Despite this, many of them jumped right onto my train of thought. It’s left me astounded more than once.
When writing my own stuff (novels, short stories, etc), there’s always that little detail you include, although you don’t notice at the time, or you’re not sure why it’s important, and then BAM right at the end of story, the long line of subtleties comes to hit you over the head and you realise THAT’S why you had to have it, and without even trying the whole book makes sense. Like a long line of dominoes that you’ve just knocked over to discover that pattern is way more intricate than you thought.
I call this the “click moment” and I love that moment. It’s probably the biggest rush of writing, and definitely the biggest validation that your idea works. Sometimes that epiphany means a lot of rewriting in other sections, but for myself I never touch the “clicks”. What about you? Have you ever experienced that revelation where all of the randomness ends at the same point without ever really trying?