Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Cue the woo-woo music

A year ago when I was writing The Rest Falls Away, I decided to make a collage about the book.

Since at that time, I was one of those people who wrote by the seat of her pants (amazing how a contract offer and a deadline can change that!), I never really knew what was going to happen until I sat down to write. Literally. So, creating a collage was a way to help flesh out characters and plots, and a way to give my muse a kick in the patootie.

Jennifer Crusie, one of my favorite authors and a fantastic mentor for new writers, has often said she believes that storytellers have every single story locked away somewhere in his or her subconscious: every detail, every character, scene, etc., packed away somewhere in our brains, just ready to be discovered. She creates collages to help unlock that subconscious knowledge, and I took a page from her book and decided to try it.

So, a year ago, I made this collage.So here's where the woo-woo music comes in.

I made the collage, finished the book, hung the collage on my office wall (where it still is) and stopped looking at it. Sold the book. Wrote the synopsis for the second book in the series, which of course continues with the same characters in the first book.

I've pretty much just glanced at the collage during this process; not really looked at it (except when I needed inspiration for a particular character, then I would gaze at the guy in the upper left hand corner...)

Anyway, so here I am, more than two-thirds of the way through the second book. And the topic of collages comes up on the Wet Noodle Posse loop, where I hang out much too often each day. So I decide to post mine (as the others are doing), and lo and behold, I take a really good look at it.

And I notice, for the first time since I made the collage, a small image that I pasted on there. Not for any particular reason that I remember. And as I look at it, I realize that that image belongs in the scene I was in the middle of writing at that very moment.

Apparently, my subconscious had been unlocked a year ago, and I just realized it.

Isn't the creative mind a wonderful thing?

5 Comments:

Blogger Diana Peterfreund soliloquized...

So, um, how do you make the collage? DId yo ubuy a bunch of vampire books? I'm really art-deficient...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 3:52:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

I flipped through magazines and found things I liked. I found pictures of my characters on the internet. I found a bargain book, marked wayyyy down at Borders, of a pop-up haunted house, and used some of that. I went to Michaels and JoAnn's and looked for little trinkets and things that "went with" my heroine.

And then I just sat down one night and started organizing it all on the board. It was fun!

Thursday, February 23, 2006 4:02:00 PM  
Blogger Jill Monroe soliloquized...

I've never done a collage,but maybe I'll try it now.

You want to know the main reason? I just don't have anyplace to put it. Is that pathetic???

Friday, February 24, 2006 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger Trish Milburn soliloquized...

It's cool how these things work, isn't it?

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 4:12:00 PM  
Blogger Kiki, aka Esri soliloquized...

Whoa, Duuuuude....

Great collage! I particularly like the castley bit.

Hope you're having fun in Paris!

Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:18:00 PM  

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