Last year, it was a thinking totem. This year…
…it’s BeNaNo bread.
Okey-doke, I’m game. Here’s to BeNaNoWriMo!
See why I need Becca NaNoing? Without her, things would be a lot less interesting around here, and I’d be hungry.
I had another exciting breakthrough in my NaNo novel today. Well, exciting is relative, I suppose, but I’m pleased as chocolate milk, what with not being a punch fan and all.
Creative people are often asked, “where do you get your ideas?” The dissatisfying but true answer is always, “ideas are everywhere, you just need to learn to recognize them.” If you wait long enough, some ideas are bound to come to you. Other ideas must be hunted and tracked down. When I sit down to NaNo, I’m hunting. I feel more blind than in past years. Other work prevents me from thinking about this novel in non-NaNo hours, so I sit down with absolutely no idea what I will write. I have to hunt.
Mike and I play a word game together, not against each other, as a team. It’s a simple game: we make as many words as we can, three letters or more, from a given set of letters, in a given amount of time. I type, we both contribute words. It’s a game of speed, as you can guess.
Sometimes when our brains are gridlocked, I will simply type, rearranging the letters to see if anything new jumps out at one of us. Sometimes my fingers type words without my conscious brain telling them to do so.
When they type a word I don’t know, I’m pretty sure that’s dumb luck. But sometimes they type words I know well. Yesterday, my fingers typed “VOMIT” and my conscious brain didn’t recognize the word at first. It pronounced it “vohMITT,” like “emit.”
I want to know what’s going on in my brain when that happens. Is it just dumb luck, or is my unconscious brain playing, too?
Really. I want to know.
And I want to know how similar that process is to the one that suddenly produces a great idea for my NaNo story.
It’s a good question: Where do ideas come from?