Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Writing Ideas?

My mom is calling with thoughts on the holiday menu. And I'm wondering how my fictitious mother makes kimchi.
My daughter's teacher is asking for a festive party. And I'm wondering if my character should celebrate the star festival early with his girlfriend.
My husband even stayed home so we'd have our own little pre-holiday time. And in the back of my mind I'm wondering how the wounded elder brother can reunite with his girlfriend.
My point is, despite exciting and important events, stories don't go on holiday. Your brain keeps thinking of the next plot twist or dialogue.
I may not have time to sit and meditate and write out my pages, but over the holidays I'm committed to writing down at least a thought a day--or whenever one pops in my head. I'm also pondering the thought of carrying around a miniature tape recorder to catch the thoughts when I have them. (Then again, perhaps that will be as engaging as watching someone text message during dinner.)
Any other ideas for writing through the holidays?

** Beautiful Boy by David Geff, is a story that will stay with me a long time. It's about an intelligent, talented, sporty, handsome boy. He's on the water polo team and swim team, is lead actor in school plays, is the brightest boy in his classes. Then he goes to France for a summer abroad where there's no age limit for alcohol consumption. When he returns home, he has enjoyed drinking so much that he decides to try something more. Marijuana. Then Meth.
He goes from being the bright star of the family to an addict. With the snap of a finger. Geff describes his son's addiction as well as research that shows some people's brains are wired with a tendency towards addiction. (I wanted to haul all my children off to have their brains examined.) A fascinating--albeit frightening--book.


Lynn said...

Writing a thought a day is a great idea. I like using index cards. You can stuff 'em in your purse, keep some in the van when you're driving kids around. Then they're easy to sort and organize later.
It sounds like you have one crowded brain! You better get that stuff out of there before it explodes ;)

Jana McBurney-Lin said...

The index card idea is a great one. I'm going to pillage my kids' school supplies now.:)

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to get to the point where I'm only revising while school's out. I'm shooting for sending chapters to my critique group today, and I'll get other back from them on Tuesday--then try and work their suggestions in through the rest of December. It helps a LOT that we're traveling very little & not having much company! :)

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