Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ~ E. L. Doctorow

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Q is for Quixotic


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kwik-ˈsä-tik

The adjective quixotic derives from the novel Don Quixote. It describes an impulsive, unpredictable, idealistic, extravagantly chivalrous person. For the life of me, I couldn’t think of how I would approach this topic today. Then, yesterday morning, an idea rushed into my head leaving me mentally occupied all day, ignoring all of my writing class obligations. (The process of balancing work, creation and a TV addiction takes longer than expected. Moving on…)

The personality appealed to me, and I couldn’t wait to attach it to a new character. My idea involves developing a female amateur sleuth with a quixotic personality living in Philadelphia. I’m still improving my characterization and story development, so an earlier post of mine discussing the infusion of a borrowed idea with my own experiences and perspectives lead me to make the connection with Don Quixote.

I plan to read the novel and loosely base the personalities and characters on those Miguel de Cervantes created. The plot of my story will revolve around a serial killer, which marks the break in resemblance to the novel. I can’t wait to put all my learning to work on this idea, starting with all the research. This summer I’ll immerse myself in understanding and developing my milieu and characters before I start writing in the fall. Right now, I need to get my ass back to class work.

Has the A-Z Blogging Challenge kicked your Muse into gear, providing you with new story ideas?

11 comments:

Sarah McCabe said...

I've never read that one. It's a bit daunting. One day I'll have to though. Unpredictable characters can be such fun. :)

Roberta said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! And good luck to you, too, in the rest of A-Z!

Sylvia Ney said...

Very cool blog. I'm so glad to have found you. I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

the writing pad said...

Glad to have met you via the A-Z - thanks for stopping at my blog! Great that the Challenge has kick started an idea for you - all the very best with developing it - it sounds exciting ...
Will be browsing your blog more, now that I've found it (aren't there a LOT of them out there?!!)
All best
Karla

Better is Possible said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck on the rest of the challenge.

Michael Offutt said...

This sounds extremely exciting Laura. Kudos on becoming so inspired!

Manzanita said...

How exciting for you to gain inspiration in such a blast.Good luck with your character.
Manzanita
Wanna buy a duck

Amy Brantley said...

Very interesting and unique post :)

Carla said...

I love Don Quixote! Good luck on your project!

Carla

Susan Kane said...

What a unique post with a seldom used word. I loved it.

ali said...

Okay, for one thing, "quixotic" is a most awesome word. And Don Quixote ~ I don't know why, but I relate to his character with such intensity that it kind of scary. Or scares me, anyway.

And so, of course, I love your story idea!

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