Last week, I talked about how to gather ideas in The Junk Drawer.
Today I’ll explore pinning ideas together, especially those ideas that seem attracted to each other.
2. THE PINNING TABLE
Take those ideas that seemed to “fit” with other odds and ends from you drawer, and lay them out to see how they interconnect. An example:
When I was pinning ideas for FORECAST, my novel-in-progress, I started with this scene idea:
There’s someone burying a key on a cold winter morning.
I pinned one of my own personal fears onto it:
I’m afraid of the future and I can’t stop worrying about what might come next.
After that, I pinned my fascination with a fantasy/mystery story onto the first two ideas:
Key burial + fear of future + magic + mystery =
What if this key opens a mysterious magical door that lets you see into the future?
If I’m working with visual art, I might pin a shape onto a vivid colored background, and then overlay it with a new texture.
If I’m writing a poem, I might pin unusual phrases together and see what new meaning they make in close proximity to each other.
If I’m dancing, I might begin with a new beat, then see what step pattern weaves well with it, and add a stroke of arm movement.
You already know that each individual idea sparks your imagination. Now you get to make those sparks kindle into something larger.
Good luck with your pinning!
Next week, I’ll talk about Cubbyhole Stages.
What is the hardest stage for you in the creative process? What’s the easiest?