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?