Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Food for Thought

Last night, as I was eating dinner, I started chewing over an idea in my head. Part of me wants to start clickety-clakety-ing out this new project before I've even gotten the last one day. It's the masochist in me.

But, the side of my that likes to pretend it's rational urged me to at least make sure I know what's supposed to be coming in the story before it comes. And that's when it hit me: I don't know how it ends.

Well, no, I know already the basis of the story, and I know I want a HEA-esque ending. And there's a way that happens for this story. But I realized I didn't know the key event that takes you from the beginning part of the story to the end part of it. I knew what the hinge ought to be, but I didn't know what it was.

I ended up thinking about it for an hour and still not quite working it out. I've got some ideas that might come into a point. However, I don't think I've had the idea yet. So, more thinking over dinner for me, I guess.

Have you realized all of a sudden that your ideas aren't all where you thought they were? What'd you do about it?


  1. The ending of my WIP is completely different than what I intended it to be. It serves the same purpose as the original ending, but my characters led me to this new direction. So, I just went with it. I think your 'hinge' will come to you as you are writing.

  2. Susan -- Maybe it will. But I wish had something more to go on than, "And then something happens with some other person which leads to XYZ things." But, you're right, sometimes characters take us places that we didn't expect, places that are better.