Monday, February 25, 2013
Where Writers Go When Lightning Strikes
Have you ever experienced a moment in your life when a thought hit you like a bolt of lightning? Writers live for these jolts of electricity. They are storm chasers who crave to be in the center of the squall where characters are born and plots are hatched.
Your loved ones know you've been struck when they see "the look." It may happen at a restaurant. You can't resist the urge to reach for a pen so you can scribble your thoughts down on a napkin or anything that resembles paper before they dissipate. The after affects can last for weeks and months until the flash of light is turned into a book. There is that period after the storm where everything returns to normal. Then, it happens again -- lightning strikes twice.
My first lightning strike was only a mild concussion, a memoir. The second bolt is much more severe. At times I feel disoriented. My mind drifts between reality and that place far off where my characters live. They visit me in the middle of the night, depriving me of sleep. Like the Borg from Star Trek, they assimilate me into their world. My only hope of keeping my sanity is to complete my novel and release it to the world.
I hope you return here on March 17 to find out about what happened after the second bolt of lightning struck me. Beam me up, Scotty. I'm ready for my life-long mission -- to explore strange new worlds and to write about my experiences. My brain is already at warp drive. Let's plot a course for the nebula where the lightning storms appear to be most active.