I missed a week of posting here. I'm totally letting myself off the hook.
Hurricane Crazy and all.
This week I'm in full story-prep mode. Opening myself up to ideas, feeding my muse (aka, the girls in the basement), building magic, and generally just getting in the mood. Some days, I really struggle with the discovery process. Lately, I can't even settle on a mood for a potential story, much less pin down characters or setting. We aren't even approaching plot territory yet.
Currently I'm playing around with creating a soundtrack for my story. Something I can listen to that will immediately throw me into my story or my characters. I've never done one before, and I'm more of a visual person, but I've been told this is a really good tool to try out.
I'm creating a story soundtrack, and I don't even have an idea for a story yet. Sounds backwards? Not so much. See, what I discovered when I started perusing playlists from tv shows I enjoy, I realized that there's a definite theme running through the books, movies, and tv shows I've been enjoying lately: Revenge, George R. R. Martin books, Shutter Island, Gone Girl. Sensing a theme here? Dark. Mysterious. This is not the stuff I normally write. But maybe I should? At least for now, if that's what I'm in the mood for. So I'm filling a playlist with songs pulled from the tv show Revenge. Lots of great stuff there. Haunting. Quirky. Not my normal go-to stuff, but definitely able to get me in the mood to write something a little more dark and twisted than the lighter stuff I'm used to writing. But I'm not shifting completely. I think there's plenty of room to infuse myself into a darker story . . . more banter, a few goof-ups, a few laughs. Really, it's all in the balance and the pacing, I think.
So. That's my plan. So far.
Not much of a plan, is it?