All the time.
How did you spend your summer and fall? I lived on a roller coaster ride of contractors, ‘how-to’ research about siding a house, the best kind of counter tops, and cleaning up 92-year-old dust.
All that time, I never stopped writing. Maybe that sounds implausible, seeing as how I had a paint scrapper in one hand and a bucket of soapy water in the other. But I planned my manuscripts, kept a notebook in my back pocket ready for any flashes of genius that occurred for my current Work In Progress.
The premise is the Afterlife and all the religious connotations and handed-down stories. I listened and collected snippets of legends and myths for the storyline.
- A TV documentary that dealt with the Viking deities and their views of death. scribble, scribble
- A relative said that when her dad’s heart stopped, a Presence formed over his body like so much mist. scribble, scribble
- A casual conversation that started with, ‘I wonder what happens after death?’ that started a whole round table of talk. scribble, scribble
And so on.
My point? Listen to different speech traits, note hand gestures, how people walk and interact to apply them to your wip. And be ready to absorb folk stories, quirks, and the bits of information that come your way.
You never know what will explode a mere tale into a firecracker of a book.