Ode to a Brainstorm

storm cell #9

Brainstorm!

A couple of Blogs back I promised that this week would be add a few new characters week for my manuscript.  I played with a few ideas in my head, none of them bearing real fruit until I had a waking vision.  I was munching my dinner in my car when suddenly my mind opened up with a great picture of  a creature; a scary, but beautiful night creature.  Yeah, yeah, I know you’re all thinking Vampire, right?  Nope.

I have been re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which I mention last Blog.  Ala J.K Rowling‘s experience on a train, no pen or paper handy with the idea for Harry Potter in her head, there I was with no pen or paper available, only my mind for a page.  To make matters worse, my dinner break was ten minutes from finished.  What to do?

I brainstormed that new character in my head for that ten minutes until she looked completely fleshed out and real.  I drove my car back to the job, thinking hard about those ideas of her made whole, got out and locked the car, walking a little blinded by the vision in my head. I was so desperate to hold onto her.  I could see her eyes becoming more and more real.  They haunted me until I was through the doors of my work.

So, my vision stayed with me.   My lovely one grew taller.  She gained hair and skin and a lithe physique.  Her eyes were her best feature, but all of her, well, I think I’m in love, like a parent of a new daughter I just wrote into being…except I hadn’t written her down, yet.

By the time I left work, headed home in a happy, calm mixture of thought, she gained personality traits, had a way of moving about, something of her very essence was captured.  She now existed.

So, after a start with no paper or pen, last night I finally wrote her character into my manuscript.

I added this character so readers could connect with my protagonist better, see her through the eyes of her newly created friend.  I went further to decided how she looks, speaks, acts, and interacts with my main character and the others thus far introduced.

She worked like a charm but for one thing; I love the new character so well I’m afraid she’ll take over the story!  But, if J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter could function well with such appealing characters as Hermione and Ron Weasley, okay, Ron was comic relief, perfect foil for serious Hermione, maybe I’ll be okay with this new creature just as she is.  And perhaps later on she’ll get her own story.  Could happen…

Manana I’m adding one more character to the mix, a villainous type, and perhaps two other minor characters for this book, that will grow into their own in this and the next book.  Yes, Virginia, there is a sequel to the manuscript I haven’t finished…yet!  I realized that to tell the story I have brewing, I will need more than one book unless I want it to be two thousand pages long.  Thus I’m splitting the tale as I write it into two sections.

I have yet again, through close reading of Harry Potter and a bit of knowledge about J.K. Rowling, moved ahead in my manuscript.  J.K. Rowling really does have a touch of magic…if you look into her first Harry Potter Book long enough, you will find everything you love about a good tale…and then you get to keep it and apply that magic hand to your own writing.  I could find it and keep it, and even apply it, you can, too.  Tag, you’re it.

Well, gotta add more characters, and work on catching them all up into the tale.  Cheers!

C.K. Garner

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4 thoughts on “Ode to a Brainstorm

  1. jonathanpezman

    I hope every customer going through your line added bits and pieces to her persona. I’m surprised you didn’t run to the bailer to grab a piece of cardboard to draw her just in case you lost the vision!

    • Lol! Good to see you! Ah, hear from you, that is…

      She’s actually one of the nicer characters, some of the better folk I know are in her personality, but when I finish mapping out my Villain…Ha! I’m almost afraid to speak of her in public. You know Spinach, I’m going to need a couple of beta readers in a short while. You think you could slog your way through a beginner’s manuscript? Believe you me it takes patience. And since you’re headed to L.A. in that last missive, where does that place you now?

      • jonathanpezman

        What are you looking for in the beta read? I can help as best I can. I’m in los gatos right now. Not in/near LA thank goodness 🙂

      • Well, just read it, tell me if anything is glaringly boring, or out of whack. Tell me if ti runs smoothly along the track of plot, if the pacing is off, whatever. Just read it, mostly. I don’t know if fantasy is your thing, but this is likely young adult fantasy. Oh, and editing errors. If you see major punctuation or spacing and spelling errors that I have missed, tell me. I have to figure out how to send it by email to you. Nice of you to help. I want tacos. Be right back!

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