Plot Haze

I posted earlier in the week about bringing my current working story to the front of my mind. 

It’s still there.  I got an unexpected week off the pay job and I’ve been devoting A LOT of time to getting this book together.  Yesterday, I printed research and went through it with a highlighter–notebook at my side–I MISS MY LAPTOP– as always, I found more and more ways to tie things together through research. 


When the characters and plot, vague and a bit shapeless before, take on solid mass and emotions.    When the hair on the back of your neck stands up when you hit something seriously cool.  When you realize you instinctively knew something big at a deeper level and had already laid out the basic structure just right. 

For instance names.  Usually the names of characters pop up and take root instantly.  My heroine’s name is pretty cool, but when I was researching the hero, I found that he had ties to the very meaning of her name. 

This part of the writing process is soooo important because once I have all the players and setting in place, the story just flies and I look forward to every moment spent on it.  I’m walking around in a daze, getting to know these people and their world, starting to love them already.

The only bad thing about this process is my inability to pull out of the fog easily.  I burn stuff if I cook, walk into the occasional wall… yesterday, I watered the pot of weeds next to my pot of tomato plant…

And my kids have learned that they can sneak up on me because I don’t hear them until they’re right in my face.  So, I’ve been jumpy, distracted and feeling this burning knot of excitement low in my gut. 

It’s there because I snagged a good idea.  I know it. 


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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7 Responses to Plot Haze

  1. I love when it all comes together but that plotting haze can cause havoc in the home life when strang things turn up in the freezer that should have been put in the cupboard.

  2. Note to self: Don’t sneak up on RInda. Especially when holding coffee. 😉

    Yay on being able to run with your idea this week. I know how busy you’ve been. I can’t wait till we head toward AZ. Hubs is bringing his Sirius Sat radio, which means I get to write with my headphones on! Double Yay!

  3. I’m so glad you get a week off to work on what you love! It’s eerie how you can find a fact in your research that validates an idea you had for your book. Hmmm, if I believed in the mystical. Wait! I do.

    I know what you mean about plot haze. I’m having trouble in the real world (at work, at least.) I’m working on a short story submission I promised a couple of months ago, then forgot! (Yes, it must have been the excitement of getting married. lol.) Anyway, I have until June 30th. It’s supposed to be gothic and about 2,500 to 5,000 words. Think Poe, Lovecraft and old Hammer films. What fun!

    This in the midst of birthdays, bachlorette parties, weddings and work. *Sigh* But life is good. No complaints here. 🙂

  4. relliott4 says:

    Good luck with your story! I love Poe and Lovecraft type stories. 🙂

  5. Celise says:

    I’m so glad it’s working for you! This usually happens to me after a bout of writers block. LOL

  6. Its’ funny but I can’t write a story if I don’t know the name of my hero and heroine. And I can’t give them just any name. Oh no… I need to find “the names.”

  7. relliott4 says:

    I look up the first name that comes to mind with a character and the meaning usually fits. Sometimes, I have to find a better one. My current hero has this great name, but the meaning is coming up different in several texts–one of the meanings won’t do at all, so I’m trying to change it. He doesn’t seem to want me to. (g)

    Celise, me too. 🙂

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