by Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar
If you're a fan of the Dreamworks' animated feature film, Kung Fu Panda, then you totally know what this blog is about. If not, bear with me...
At the beginning of Kung Fu Panda, Po (a giant panda and our protagonist) lies to his father (who is actually some kind of bird, not a panda) and tells him he had "the noodle dream." Now, to his father, the bird who comes from a long line of noodle makers, this is a BIG DEAL! It means that Po is destined to make noodles and carry on the family business. Now, in reality, Po didn't dream of noodles at all, but that's beside the point and if you want to know what he really dreams of, well, use your great powers of deduction and read the title of the movie again.
Anyhoo, you're probably wondering what the heck "the noodle dream" has to do with me and why I might choose it as a blog topic. Well, I'll tell you. I, too, have the equivalent of "the noodle dream." Only in my case, it's "the plot dream."
In every manuscript, I come to a point where I have no idea what's going to happen next. Yes, I'm a pantser. I outline as I go so I don't forget what's happened in previous chapters, but rarely have I plotted ahead and been able to stick with it. So I just don't bother. But I digress...
My characters will tell me where they want to go...eventually. They don't make things easy on me. Writing to a deadline is difficult because sometimes my characters choose to hold out on me for undetermined amounts of time (a-holes!!) They might go days, or even WEEKS!, refusing to talk to me. It's frustrating, I tell you! And then all of a sudden, without fail, they show up and start talking...or, really, performing.
They start to play out the book in my head, as if I'm watching it on a movie screen. It's actually quite fun, and it gives me hope that one day maybe my books will truly be on the big screen (how awesome would that be?!?!)
But the downside of this is that they sometimes (most times!) have HORRIBLE timing! My "noodle dream" came to me last night at the end of a very long day, the night before we had to get up especially early to make an appointment AND prepare for an evening flight. Damn you, Regency whores!
Okay, I'm sorry. You're not whores. I'm just frustrated and saying hurtful things. Forgive me?
Anyhoo, now that I've gotten this off my chest, I'm going to set to work and try to recreate the delightful scenes that played in my head as I drifted off to sleep last night.
What about you? Do you have "noodle dreams"? And if you do, do they come at the worst times like mine do??