“You read my mind.”
Many years ago, in my collage days (so, okay, many, many years ago:>) I got to overhear a psychic talk about how to improve our intuition. Of course most of the students wanted her to read their futures. And, though skeptical, I was no different. But that is a story for another post. What intrigued me, even back then, was the psychic’s day job…. teaching executives in the Silicon Valley how to use their intuition to make better business decision.
If the overall success of the valley is any measure, I would say that for a while at least intuition was running high in that golden atmosphere. I do wonder, though, if along the way, any of the executives thought back to her lessons and thought, huh, something seems off.
But, in any case, the idea that this psychic could make legitimate money teaching people to use intuition was shocking to me. Didn’t everyone rely on their intuition? Even back then it was something I leaned n heavily in my schoolwork and life. And now, as an author, it is critical to how I write my stories. There is a sixth sense that kicks in when I am on the right track with one of my characters or with a plot element. People often ask how I come up with my stories… and by this I believe they mean more than the overarching plot. Even more, it is the little details in a story that give it life and tie each element together to make a whole.
Of course part of this happens by knowing my characters so well that it feels obvious what they would do in any situation. But there is more to it as well. Recently I found myself stuck in a revision I was doing. I needed a reason for the characters to linger in a particular city. As I did my research on where they might go, I found myself drawn to one particular tourist attraction in this city. Ultimately they go to have tea at a special Tisaneria, or tea house. As often happens, tea was already a theme in the book and somehow I had landed them in a spot which reinforced this element.
October is Paranormal Month at Romancing the Genres. So what better time than now to flex our psychic muscles and work on trusting our intuition a bit. Here’s a link to get you started: http://www.essentiallifeskills.net/develop-your-intuition.html
Then come back and let the October authors know how the experiment worked for you. My intuition says October is going to be a great month!