Calling down lightning tends to give me a lot of trouble, if only because my Me is a chatterbox like none other. I have a hard time hearing the muse because the left side of my brain never shuts up!
After a bit of waffling I decided that I didn't need any cool new ideas right now, since I have a hard enough time sticking to one project as it is without deliberately tempting myself into something new. I still wanted to participate in this part of the walkthrough though, so I decided to try calling down lightning for an issue that's been plaguing me on my current project, my antagonist. All I'd managed to come up with so far was some nebulous sort of bad for the sake of being bad kinda dude, and he was seriously lame.
So I cracked open a notebook, scribbled down the title and put -Antagonist?-
I wandered off for a while; did some laundry, played games for a few hours, took a shower.
In the middle of my shower, I got my first prod.
Now, I wasn't sure if this was my left brain pitching me ideas on the sly, because I was thinking about the story (just not my antagonist), and ghosts do feature. But I decided to roll with it because hey, left brained or not, it was the first thing I'd gotten.
So I said "Maybe. What about them?"
A minute or two passed.
No. Not for the antagonist.
A few more minutes went by.
What about ghosts that...
And then I had this strange feeling, like trying to remember something you know
you know. Like a word that's escaped you, or what you had for lunch. And then, BAM!
Ghosts can sense Chase's latent powers as a necromancer, and even if he isn't aware of them, they are very aware of him. One of them orchestrates his meeting with Remiel, thereby forcing Chase into a situation where he must learn to use his powers. Abilities unlocked, Chase becomes aware of the ghosts around him, and is subsequently tricked into bringing this very nasty individual back to life. Bad news for everyone.
First prod to synthesis in about five minutes. I don't have all of it yet, but this has so much potential and is worlds
away from the direction I was going before. I couldn't stop grinning, it was awesome!
Even better, my Muse is already pitching me ideas about the who and why of the big bad (dubbed The Dollmaker for now).
I haven't been this excited in ages, and it's an amazing feeling.