A Novel Idea

Photo Courtesy of David Wilbanks
Oh my God, I have a new idea.

I'm sure some of you super writers out there are smirking. I've met so many amazing folks during the past few months who literally have two or three or seven manuscripts up their sleeves--completed, polished and just waiting for the right agent. 

But I'm not like that.

I'm seldom struck with "new story" inspiration, and when I am, it's usually just a dream that seems brilliant at the time but is either illegible or is just plain stupid upon my night scribble re-reading.

I'm serious. Here is a real-life idea I came up with in the middle of the night and later realized made absolutely no sense: "Girl and ex-boyfriend time travel to 18th century island (or other planet) and begin rescuing people from tyrant... Girl falls for new boy, and they promise to rescue everyone and go to other planet (or time) for safety, but ex-boyfriend doesn't tell anyone the time machine is actually broken."

WTF?? What IS that?? It was a dream, I think, and I remember being so inspired by the beautiful, tropical water and sense of danger. But in retrospect, it's just kinda... stupid.

Here's another late-night jewel: "Two fifth-grade sweethearts reunite and begin dating, but they soon realize things have changed since they were kids, and they have to struggle to overcome their differences."

Alright, that one's not quite as bizarre as the first one, but it's just kinda... trite.  And boring.

This really shouldn't come as a surprise to me. I am, after all, the girl who dreams about arranging pool chairs and driving to work. I can't remember the last time I had a really awesome, creative dream--although I did used to dream that I got to fly around with Peter Pan when I was a kid. Life has just kinda... gotten in the way, I guess.

So now you can fully appreciate the excitement I feel about this brand-new idea. Which is not a sequel to the novel I'm currently shopping to agents (although I'm still working on that one, and I'm still stoked about it). Nope, this is a brand-new idea, and it's raw and immediate, with alternating viewpoints, alternating chronology, and fun digressions into memories and tangents.

AND it's about polar bears.

What more can I say? :)