My Laughing Place

January 14, 2010

Have you ever noticed that epiphanies for WIPs come at the strangest times?

Last week I took a trip to Disneyland with my boyfriend. He had never been, so it was as exciting for me as it was for him. I spent the two days dragging him along the park with one hand, ice cream in the other.
Great mental image, huh?
One of my favorite rides is Splash Mountain. I don’t know if it has something to do with the fact that I love water rides or that most of it runs through a faux cave (I have this thing for caves). It was one of the attractions we hit first thing, and in the middle of the ride, you know, the part where the animals’ Laughing Place song echoes off the cavern walls and the lights are all colored blue and green and purple, an idea hit me. Bam. In my face. I could have stood up on that drifting log and screamed ‘Hallelujah’.
I’ve been working on separate subplots for the five-book series I hope my WIP LUMINOUS will eventually turn into. During this little trip down Critter Country’s most beloved mountain, Mr. Plot Point came and slapped me in the face.

And again on Indiana Jones. And again on Pirates of the Caribbean.

I freaking love amusement parks.

I guess I receive epiphanies at really bizarre times instead of when I’m actually at my computer–You know, at Disneyland, in the dentist office waiting room, while reading a Hermione Granger/Lucius Malfoy fanfic (Don’t Judge). Without them, my WIP wouldn’t be the same.

So comment and tell me a story of a moment when you received an idea for your WIP while doing something either mundaine or out of the ordinary. Did you think, ‘Wow, how the heck did I come up with that?’, or did you know the reason behind your sudden spark?




  1. Hmm maybe I should go to Disney land…

    Washing dishes. I honestly think that’s the ultimate cure for writers’ block…at least for me. There was this one time when I was just putting the dishes into the sink and all of a sudden an idea hit me and I had to run into my room to the laptop so I could write it down, come back, and finish washing the dishes.

    P.S. I like DM/HG fanfics best.

  2. LOL@ Hermione/Lucius.
    Mine are always, without fail, in the middle of the night at say 3am. My last two SNIs have both been when I’m lying in bed, about to sleep. Of course, I shoot awake and grab the closest notebook next to my bed to jot it down. Naturally, my head starts forming the idea so I don’t fall asleep for a full hour or more.

  3. Ha ha…maybe I need an amusement park! I don’t have a set place/task where ideas spontaneously manifest, so it’s kind of just whenever it happens. But, one time stands out. We were driving back from Scotland and the hubs had a cricket match–which I find boring if when you can watch it–playing on the radio. I tuned it out and let my my wander to the hills and trees, and BAM backstory for my WIP (on hold), TD. I had nothing to write on, so I pulled out a Costa Coffee bag and filled up every white space. 🙂

  4. I second washing dishes. I also get ideas when i’m driving alone.

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