Today I came up with a new concept. For some reason, this one really hit me over the head. Since finishing the first draft of my recent project, I’ve been searching for a new novel to write. I usually write down snippets of ideas that come to mind. Random sparks of thought. Sometimes paragraphs. Other times a single sentence. In many instances those ideas don’t get used, while maybe one could spark something great. Two ideas could also be combined to produce something special. Monsters–the most recent novel–was born of two completely different ideas, mingled and fused. What makes this new concept special, is that it came and slapped me across the face when I was least expecting any epiphany or spark of imagination. Moments like this one are pure gold. A moments when you find a rainbow leading to a leprechaun’s secret stash.
Put simply… I am stoked over this concept and feel a renewed sense of vigor. I’m going to start running.
On another note. I’ve been meaning to post this link: Brandon Sanderson’s First Law of Magic. To me, the most difficult part of writing fantasy is creating a magic system. When writing a fantasy novel one always wants to reinvent the wheel. At least, that should be our goal as writers. I have not read another author who does magic systems better than Brandon Sanderson. Follow the link and read as Sanderson explains his theory on the different classifications of magic systems in fantasy and how best to begin developing your own by understanding those broad categories. Hopefully Sanderson expands on this concept one day, he’s an author I would love to sit down with and have a pow-wow.
See you soon. Cheers.