(Listening to - Tim Minchin - What Was '06 For?)
I had a kickass idea for a blog post, but then I forgot it. Unofficially, it's my brain's fault. Officially, it's Julia Knight's fault for distracting me. (That was a site pimp, click the damn link. Oh, then buy her book. It rocks.)
Aaaanyway... While trying to figure out what the hell I was planning on talking about, another idea that had been buzzing about in my head popped to the forefront. So I'll give that one a whirl.
As the title says, it's about unintentional cleverness, or in English, those moments in writing where you read something back and go "well, I hadn't intended to do that, but it's rather clever."
For instance, you could re-read a piece of dialogue you'd just written and notice that you added an unintentional play on words, which reads better than the original and adds to the characterisation of the speaker.
In my case, it came about through naming. The 3 main "good guys" of my trunked fantasy novel have names that begin with G, J and T. The 3 main "bad guys" (well, 1 main, and 2 secondary) also have names that begin with G, J and T.
To begin with, I was irritated, as I thought it would add confusion for the reader. Then I thought about it. It turns out that, as well as sharing first letters, the three "pairs" all shared other similarities that I hadn't consciously put in, similarities that, with some tweaking, added a new "theme" (I hate that term) to the proceedings. Lemme attempt to explain:
The three main characters are an opportunistic mercenary who's good with a blade, a dwarven (dwarves rock, mocketh not) wizard, and a part demon misfit.
The three main bad guys are an opportunistic pirate (among other things) who's good with a blade, a lich (reanimated corpse) wizard, and a demon.
So, I have:
2 humans, one good, one bad, who share many similarities, and could each easily be one result of the same person taking two different paths in life.
2 wizards, one in control of his magic, and one who let it take him over, who (barring the race issue) could each easily be one result of the same person taking two different paths in life.
2 demons, one struggling to stay on the side of good, and one embracing the bad, who... you can see where I'm going with this...
As I said, this was unintentional, but I love the idea, and with some tweaking, rewriting, and screaming at the monitor, I hope I can bring the idea out fully. (When I'll have time is another matter.)
So, come on you luvverly people. Share! Tell me about any moments of unintentional cleverness you've had and how they affected your work. :-)
(Providing you understood what the hell I was getting at... I'm not entirely sure myself, if I'm honest... I blame tiredness.)