I used to be one of those people who could sit back and enjoy a movie or a book without thinking too much. I liked to veg. Now, I'm analyzing. "Why is that potted plant significant? What dual purpose does this dialogue serve? Where is she going with that slice of watermelon?" And so forth.
Another unexpected side-effect is the way I deal with pain, sickness, uncomfortable situations, etc. If I'm upset, I take a moment to go through a mental checklist: How do I feel physically? What do I look like when I'm crying? What are a few words that could describe my thoughts?
Because, you know, this is all good stuff to remember for when one of my characters is feeling the same way.
I hit a new low last night, though. I've had a stomach bug (*GINORMOUS NOTE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS: THIS IS NOT A PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. OKAY?) for about two weeks now. It's been relatively tame, as far as stomach bugs go, but it thinks it's funny to randomly pick days where we can focus on puke. And focus I must.
Now, I'm no stranger to barfing. Four kids+morning sickness=lots of quality time with my porcelain friend. But last night, as I was "in position", all I could think was, "Take notes." I have hurling in my story, and as much as I've done it in the past, unless it's fresh on your mind, it's hard to write down.
I'll spare you the details. Let's just say, that scene in my book is about to get a lot more descriptive. Because I remember! Ohhh, do I.
My friend Julie has a hilarious post about the same thing here.
So, Julie and I want to know...we're not crazy, right? When is the most random moment that you've taken notes for the good of your writing?