Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that my Fiancé (forever referred to online as The Other Half, aka TOH) is incredibly creative. He’s a talented artist and is currently doing an Art, Design and Multimedia course at our local college.
So, after my Zumba adventure this morning (you’ll have to read the Editor’s Blog on Welcome to Wherever to find out about that) I sat down to write about it. TOH is sat at the dining room table beside me, trying to do his coursework.
This particular piece of coursework is for a Movie poster, so as well as coming up with the artwork, he has to have a title and tagline. He’s sat there, doodling character faces and thinking about the tagline while I am typing my Editor’s blog post.
“Aha!” He said. “How about: All he wanted was a bit of help… what he got was divine trouble, for a tagline?
“What’s the title?” I asked absently, trying to get my thoughts in order with my notes.
My copywriter’s brain kicks in.
“It doesn’t fit the tagline. What’s the story line you’re trying to show?”
“Well, there’s this middle school kid who is having trouble with his grades and he prays for help, and the angel who comes down to help him isn’t very good and is trying to pass a test…”
“Woah! This sounds all very anime.”
“It’s supposed to be, that’s where I’m going with the poster idea.”
We batted a couple of different titles around and he settled on Angel?…Maybe, then wrote it in his book. We started talking about storylines and things; just to give him an idea about what he could include on his poster.
Puff flies in and swipes me across the back of the head with a book idea…
“Hang on, let me get this down.”
The ideas and characters start flying around the room between us. Puff gets hit by a low flying character and decides that it would be a good idea to find somewhere out of the way to perch.
Finally, I have all the characters, the main plot and two separate sub plots roughed out in my book.
He’s always doing this to me. Sometimes it’s helpful – when I’m trying to write a particular scene or I’m stuck with where to go next. However, when I’m trying to work on something that I’ve already got a certain distance with, giving me ideas like that isn’t a good thing. Most of the time I forget about them and they disappear, back to Dreamland.
This time I have an entire concept in front of me and I’m trying very hard to ignore it so I can get on with my sword and sorcery series. I can see it being a difficult proposition though; TOH is forging ahead, creating the characters for his poster and I’m having one of those I have a new idea and I want to write it moments…