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Monday, 4 July 2011

Dreaming Science Fiction - where do the stories come from?

On Saturday night I watched an episode of Fringe, and a bit later, the new BBC sci fi series Outcasts, which I'd not seen before. During the day I'd spent a few hours working on one of my 'Hell' short story series, struggling with a plot aspect. I called it a night and went to bed.

The next morning I woke up with a completely new story in my head. I mean all of it. I lay there for a while thinking about it. The hero, and his nemesis were there; the future time-frame, the Earth scenario, and most of all, the plot. No aliens this time. All were just sitting there. I got up fast and fired up my Sony, and began typing. Details filled themselves in as I typed, the other stories pushed to the back of my brain in the rush to get this one down. I had to think up names, because they weren't there. I typed more than half of it before I had to do other 'life things'. I'll finish it tomorrow. I already know how it ends.

What I have no clue about is where it came from. I'm a psychologist, and I studied creativity, but this one really beats me. But you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. It's called The Terrorist, at the moment, about a man trying to prevent a terrorist threat being carried out in future Manhattan. It'll need polishing, but already I have a good feeling about it.

Strange, though, how the brain works...

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