That One Day…(Creativity, Brainstorming)

…When ideas flow like water.

Yesterday, I woke up and started getting ready for work. I started the Keurig machine (best.investment.ever), went downstairs to feed the cat and went back up to start the second half of my travel mug of coffee.

As I was standing there, my brain starting working on why I should introduce Orcs to my world (inspired by Satis’ comment of having a purpose for having a race present).

So my mind wandered a little bit down that track and Bam! an idea for another series set in my Griffins & Gunpowder universe (that would make 3). I liked the idea so I opened up my Evernote app and tapped out a few quick details and started off to work.

It’s about a ten minute drive to work and I wasn’t even halfway there when another G&G series idea slammed me. And then another. And then a third.

I was incredibly excited! I just had four new series ideas come out of nowhere, essentially tripling the number of series I could work with in my universe.

As soon as I got to work, I fiendishly tapped my ideas into evernote and then got to work, but my brain was still buzzing with creative energy and my stories started to add details and ideas to themselves.

And then another series wandered along and made itself known.

I think that I can honestly say that yesterday was one of the most exciting and creative days I’ve had in a while.

Have you ever had a day when your brain won’t shut off and the ideas come out so quickly?

About Joshua K Johnson

Josh is the author of The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive, Gunpowder Fantasy novels set in the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. He is currently working on a new novel set in the same world as well as The Centaur Incursion, Book 3 in the Ansgari Rebellion Series and Loyalty Betrayed, Book 1 in the Liberty Forged Series. He currently works full-time and has an 8-year old and a 4-year old to keep him busy.

Posted on May 31, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Oh yes…they’re usually caffeine-fuelled! What I’m impressed with is your ability to remember them, and the presence of mind to note them down. I’ve lost so many brilliant ideas in forgetting them by the time I get to a notepad.

  2. Bro, it’s the Keurig! That thing unlocks the secrets of the universe, I swear!

    Just kidding… not really. It’s amazing.

    Those bursts of inspiration are amazing, though. I was on a huge Kierkegaard kick about five months ago and the started getting crazy ideas that kept me awake for hours and then followed me into my sleep. I wish there was an “on/off” switch, but it’s a good idea you are documenting the ideas as soon as possible. I am addicted to the Moleskine notebooks and I carry a tiny pocket-sized one around with me just for that reason.


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