Happy New Year, bloggy friends! Is everyone's 2012 off to a good start? I hope so!
At the very end of 2011, I went snowshoeing with my family, and--WHAM! A new book idea hit me! I'm thrilled to have a new love again!
Right after I thought of my "novel novel" idea, I could feel two or three of the characters and the voice. That's when I know I'm on the right path, that I'm focusing on the right story. You know how it is when lines of dialogue and story pieces start materializing, and you can't wait to get the ideas and words on paper? It's that story crush period when the beauty of the idea is so bright and it's all so new that you can't yet see the imperfections and plot holes. You know they're there, though, because nothing is perfect--yet the love of the story will make you stick around and work things out.
I think we have chemistry with certain stories. If we're writers, the chemistry will help us find our voices and ignite us with a passion to get the words on the page. I'm not saying it's easy; it's work. But something makes that story alive in us.
In the same vein, while agents and editors sort through oodles of submissions, only certain manuscripts have a special spark and make them fall in love. The same goes for all of us as readers. One person might love a story while that same story falls flat for someone else. It's like chemistry in relationships: just because he's cute and your best friend thinks he's right for you, it totally doesn' t mean he's zing-worthy.
Oh! Now I feel like sharing a video featuring the mad scientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz of Phineas and Ferb, a super clever TV show I adore. Click here if you'd like to watch it. The clip shows villains in love, singing and dancing--evil people with their own weird chemistry.
Much different from Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his gal, here's a pic of my dad and mom, two amazing people with kind hearts and beautiful chemistry!