One night while brainstorming, I rediscovered some old notes on my phone.
There were piece-y observations from my people-watching days: an old pilot whose laugh came in chopped “ha ha ha”s that, if it weren’t so real, would sound fake; a white man speaking fluent Spanish with his Latina girlfriend and refusing to look at the other Anglos, though I could hear him translating their sale pitches under his breath; a wraith thin girl with symmetrical lip piercings, whispering hush hush to the puppy laying in complete silence in her arms…
There were a few sermon notes and a series of the briefest seventh sense type sensations. You know, those odd psychosomatic feelings that happen in everyday life and you know you have to record it, or you won’t get just the right words next time it happens to your created humans.
Then there was the untitled note with bullet points and ideas from who-knows-where.
there is always a problem
begin new strings where old have ended
main characters are always learning new things, about each other, about themselves
HUMANS, not characters
birth, death, marriage, redemption
‘you can charm the critics and have nothing to eat'”
who is this for?
I have the vaguest suspicion that these thoughts sprang from an interview with Stephanie Meyer, the author of Twilight, that I read in some writing forum or other. And while Ms. Meyer has been brutalized in the literary world for her writing skills (or, some argue, lack thereof), I will defend her in the case of storytelling. Which is of course what we’re talking about. She made her millions because she could tell a story that kept you reading. And that’s more than can be said for a number of writers I’ve read.
Keep your eyes peels for Episode II (concerning bullets 1., 2., and 3.)!