Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! This year I’m blogging all about Echoes, the series I’ve been working on sporadically for the last six to eight years.
One of my writing friends recently told me that he thought imagination is my strong point with writing, and I have to work pretty hard to learn the rest of the craft. I would agree, cause when it comes to imagination? Well, I have no problem with that.
Ever since I began writing one of my best ways of brainstorming is acting out the story I’m working on. When it comes to working on a story with princesses and slaves, that’s especially fun.
My younger sisters are adamant that I went through a phase where I demanded they call me “Your Highness.” I’m fairly certain I never insisted they call me it, and I did give them the option of being princesses (Annalyna and Emilia were the names I offered), but they weren’t ever too enthused about the idea. Apparently they saw it more as a way for their annoying big sister to lord over them, than as a way to come up with an epic story. (Now where would they get that idea?)
There have been many times through the years when I’ve done things like “haughtily sweep down the hallway” when I don’t think anyone is around, or fall to my knees begging for mercy, or mumble out a long discourse as I wash dishes. Most of my best plot twists, scenes, and even lines, have come from acting the stories out as I go about every day life.
Thankfully the fact that I’m a writer is fairly well-known around where I live so people are used to me doing strange things. One time when I was around twelve I wanted to see what it felt like to be a street child, so I went and rolled in a dusty place in the yard, then hurried over and fought our cats for their food. I’m fairly certain my family (who happened to be sitting on the porch talking) just kinda shook their heads at me then continued their conversation.
Acting out my scenes is another thing I do, and one of the reasons I generally shy away from writing in coffee houses or other public places. I often times catch myself making all the facial expressions that my characters are making, waving my hands around in a crazy manner, and occasionally doing something like sticking out my tongue, hitting myself, or biting my hand.
What about you? Do you act out story ideas? If not, how do you entertain yourself while you’re working on mindless jobs like dishes and laundry?