Ideas are a Goldmine

Ideas can be a goldmine for the aspiring author. My first novel was inspired by a word I encountered while perusing the Thesaurus on my word processor. It opened a window onto an imaginary world populated by an assortment of wonderful characters. That experience was like taking a journey into an uncharted world without a map or compass.

It literally came out of the blue and from the moment I started, I was hooked. I never really knew what it was about from one chapter to the next, but I always had a sense of where it was going. Whenever I was ready to continue, the first few words would pop into my head and all I had to do was sit down at the keyboard and just go with the flow.

Your Intuitive Faculties are a Goldmine 

Following your intuition is one way of writing; however, it’s not for everyone. Some people tune in and follow their instincts and allow the ideas to flow, whereas others plan everything in detail.

My second novel was inspired by a goldmine of a very different sort. It was a throw-away line from my first novel, from a character that only had one line.

‘It’s just like those old legends about the Ocean of Infinite Mystery,’ she said, ‘those creatures which sing from dusk till dawn. It’s almost exactly the same. I wonder if that’s where we are.’

That line came from goldmine heaven, but it stayed with me and inspired the title for my second book which is now known as The Ocean of Infinite Mystery.

Ideas Are Goldmine Heaven

 When I embarked on that story I only had two ideas in my head, but for a novelist to even get a glimpse of an idea is a starting point.

I knew that my two main characters had to go somewhere that no one had ever been before. And in my mind, that place was their version of heaven. The only other thing I knew was that when they did eventually get there, they had to meet the cosmic being which inhabits their world.

It is possible to construct an entire novel around a few simple ideas, but a story has to have a critical edge and a good plot. If a reader has never read the first book in a series, it’s essential to add a bit of back story here and there.

You don’t have to reveal everything at once as some stories tend to jump from one situation to another and authors often leave it up to the reader to fill in the blanks.

Tangents are a Goldmine

 One of the most interesting aspects of engaging in the creative process is tangents; pathways in the story that appear as you write.

Ideas pop up as the story develops and if you know anything about tangents, one thing leads to another. They have a habit of taking over almost immediately, but my advice is to follow them, don’t ignore them…they can add depth, interest and who knows what else to a story.

Our minds work in interesting ways and they are constantly going off on in search mode, making connections and playing around with numerous other ideas.

It helps if you are attuned to the thoughts and ideas which pass through your head on a regular basis. They may seem random or casual but they really are a goldmine of unexplored opportunities.

The Unexpected can be Goldmine 

 Oddly enough, my third book came to me as I was weeding the garden. An idea popped into my head within seconds and for the first time ever I even planned it out chapter by chapter, but I ended up writing something totally different.

The main character of my books had said repeatedly that he would love to visit Planet Earth and in the third story in this series, The Last Days of Lemuria, he gets that opportunity.

As is the way of a story, that wonderful element called the unexpected kicked in from the first chapter. While it did not go according to my original plan…it was a goldmine nevertheless, an imaginative adventure and a heartfelt love story as well.

I had not expected that to happen…but it was all because of a tangent. Sometimes they are a product of the dialogue and sometimes they are just the obvious path to follow, but they can open up possibilities.

Those elements surprisingly, are now the central feature of the new series of stories that I am writing.

People Can be a Goldmine

A few years ago I was wandering through a secondhand bookshop and I stumbled onto Stephen King’s book on writing.

It literally jumped off the shelf and landed at my feet, but it is worth reading.

As you probably know, Stephen King writes supernatural thrillers, but he said that his novels are an amalgamation of his real life and his inner life, reinterpreted in a fictional way.

Every author writes about themselves and my stories are no exception. They are just another way of saying what you cannot say in normal conversation.

The Imagination is definitely a Goldmine

If you are an aspiring author and are waiting for that next great idea to come along, don’t despair. It will appear in one way or another.

More than likely, it will creep up unannounced, when you are least expecting it to, a word whispered in your ear, something you’ve seen in passing…but the real magic is to start the process and go with the flow.

Ideas are like buried treasure, they are the goldmine of the imagination, just waiting for you to connect the dots. As soon as those first few words pop into your head…sit down and start typing. You might be surprised at what happens next…

The painting in the featured image is called Juggleroo.

It’s sort of appropriate as it relates to this idea.

It’s an original painting for the children’s market.

Painted in 2015.

 

 

About vgilvarry

Creativity is the key that unlocks the doors of the imagination...

2 Responses to “Ideas are a Goldmine”

  1. Hi, I think the same way you do. I’ve had a book inspired by a love letter I wrote to a girl when I was a kid! By a sock I was looking at in such a way it looked like an evil person! Anything that gets the wheels turning and makes the writing easy has to seized! Thank you for the follow! I love this blog! Keep writing!

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