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Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on June 23, 2010

I’m sitting in the car at a traffic light, and my mind wanders. My hero accesses the villain’s fortress to determine how they are keeping open a dimensional rift. He’s been there before but missed some important data. What is different this time? He has gone shopping in the interval. Did I have him buy electronics so he could use his spacefaring skills to assemble a sensor device? Oops, better add that into the story.  What data would he collect this time that he wasn’t able to acquire before? He has to determine the rifts are being kept open by a particle generator. So it makes sense that he detects the particles. A ideaconstant bombardment of these particles from the other side could be what the evil Trolleks are using to force open the rifts. The pressure would have to be tremendous. I’ve already mentioned neutrinos in the story, but they pass through matter. What about anti-neutrinos? Or better still, something with mass. More research required! Or, I could just make up my own quantum particles.

The light changes to green. My mind shifts into reality. I’ll have to wait until I get home to follow this train of thought. As my foot presses on the accelerator, I’m also thinking that I need to look up Manga along with Islands of Adventure at Universal. My characters are entering a fictional theme park called Manga World. For a map and a model of the types of rides, I’ll use the Orlando site. I’ll just swap them with imaginary Manga heroes. Oh, have I arrived at the post office? File that thought until later!          idea

No wonder my husband says he talks to me in the car and I don’t respond. That’s the hazard of being married to a writer. Our mind is always lost in another world.



3 Responses to “THE WRITER’S MIND”

  1. After reading that, all I can say is I’m glad you’re not the type to mastermind an evil plot in real life, because if you were, the world would be in a LOT of trouble! 🙂

  2. I loved that entry. I thought I was the only writer who did that kind of thing. Ahh its good not being alone in the world…..


    I’m looking forward to reading more from you.


  3. Don’t worry, Allison, I just mastermind evil plots in my mysteries. And Cornelle, you’re certainly not alone. When a writer stares into space, we’re working. Right, everyone?

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