As a result, I spend much more time thinking about what kind of post to share than I've done in the past. It was during this thinking time that what I'm about to share with you occurred.
I was sitting here working on my manuscript. I follow a loose plot timeline, but what occurs to my characters happens as I write it.
On this particular day, one of the characters said something that surprised me. I hadn't known exactly how he was going to extricate himself from a certain situation, but he managed just fine.
About that time, he mentions Ralph and Naomi Baxter. I stopped typing. What? Who are they? I don't have people on the character list named Ralph and Naomi Baxter.
My fingers start typing again, and I learn Ralph and Naomi are another character's grandparents. Ralph is the owner of Baxter Pharmaceutical, and they're worth a boatload of cash.
Well. I took my fingers off the keyboard.
Where did this come from? How was it exactly what I needed?
Those of you who write have probably experienced this kind of thing before. I have. I just haven't documented the incidents. However, I'm thinking that could be a good idea. I love when it happens, and I wish it happened more often.
Returning to Ralph . . . I decided to check to make sure there wasn't a company with that name. That decision began a new round of woo-woo.
The first return was for Baxter PharmaSolutions, a division of Baxter International. Close enough. I knew I needed to change the name.
Right beneath these two entries was an Wikipedia entry for Baxter International. I clicked over to see if there was any history included. You know what I wanted to see - if there had been a Ralph Baxter involved in the company's development.
I scrolled down to History. Here are the first two sentences:
Baxter International was founded in 1931 by Donald Baxter, a medical doctor, as a manufacturer and distributor of intravenous therapy solutions. Baxter's interest was bought out in 1935 by Ralph Falk, who established a research and development function.
Just for grins, I did another search, this one for a Ralph and Naomi Baxter:
NAME: Naomi L . Baxter SPOUSE: Joseph Ralph Baxter BIRTH: 6 Sep 1918 DEATH: 1 Dec 1994
How is this explained? Is it totally random? Do we tap into the Global Consciousness?
Or is it something more?
It's like ideas. Where does an idea come from? I have no clue. I almost said no idea. One day it's just there.
Yes, I work on plot and character and all the other elements. But I have nothing to do with the initial idea. Sometimes, I have very little to do with story. I sit down, and it comes out my fingers.
Like with Ralph and Naomi.
Who are still in the story, by the way. They just have a different last name now :)
What do you think?