Suggestion Saturday

I’m trying to start a thing. What I’m doing is suggestion Saturday #suggestionsaturday. You suggest a story and I write it. I’ll probably post them on Story Sunday. So if you’re interested pass it along and lets get this hack writer hacking.

Please feel free to send me suggestions in any way you feel comfortable, you can tweet, DM, Facebook messenger or e-mail. I’m open to all communication and hopefully you and others will send along story suggestions and be happy with the result.

Please help me get this trending.

Decisions, decisions

Trying to write is hard.

PreviouslyI’ve talked about my novel and what I should do. Honestly, I think that I’ve missed the boat with the one I’ve been working on. So, I’ve decided to shelve the idea and move on to something different.

If feels like a defeat. Not finishing something that I’ve started makes me think that I’ve not got it to actually produce anything.

However, I’ve learned a lot during the previous process. Knowing when to bow out it probably something important. Hitting my head off a metaphoric brick wall is probably not conducive to further creativity.

I’ve also learned how to get my arse in gear and get stuff done.

So now on to the outline and trying to flesh out the whole thing.

In case your were wondering, moving on from weird to Space Opera!

Frustrated at anger

Yesterday I wrote a scathing and immature view of people who do self-promotion etc for their art or product. I had become angry at seeing stuff pushed by people I don’t know for things in which I have no interest.

I am very bloody lucky that I was smart enough to schedule the post and not hit publish straight away.

I am even luckier that I deleted the post this morning after thinking down some of my own arguments in the post. A thing I wish more people would do.

The conclusion I’ve arrived at is, if I’m not interested in or dislike something I can just scroll by, not participate and keep on going. I don’t have to tear down somebody else to feel superior. I just need not engage. This is especially important now when so many artists are operating on such fine margins between paying the bills and being out on the street.

What has gotten me, is the sheer level of irritation and anger. Where does it come from? Jealousy and envy for sure, these people are accomplishing so much more than I ever will during this whole period of my life. Anger that I’m working while my furloughed neighbours can enjoy the time with their families. Anger at people not obeying the rules which will make this whole thing last longer than it should. You name something and I have a passionate view on it.

I have always been a person who is what would be considered hot tempered. What it really is, is more to do with my own failings as a person which I’m trying to change. Primarily driven out of frustration.

That’s what’s going on really, right now. I’m frustrated because of so many things. Mostly about the lack of time to do things or the lack of ability. I am on the fence about my novel. I’m lost when it comes to inspiration. When I do sit down to write, bam! Distraction.

Inspiration is fleeting, that’s why I’m writing nonsense posts. Energy is variable at best. Yes, I know if I exercised, I’d have more energy but trying to balance everything that ensures balanced energy is also a fleeting mistress. The other thing is time. Time for my own stuff is much more limited under lockdown than I imagined it would be.

Having all three elements come together like a magical productivity cake, well that’s just madness.

The frustration continues…..

Inspiration Articulation

Inspiration is a funny thing that can hit at the strangest time or place. For me it’s either in the shower. I’ve never understood that, but I think it’s mostly because that’s where I really can relax. The other place is on the bus home from work. Never going to work always on the way home.

What’s interesting to me is that the type of inspiration that hits. In the shower it’s always something that I’m working on and a solution will come to me there. Like the background processor has been working on it for a while and finally hot water plus soap equals inspiration.

the bus trips are more where I get new ideas. These are not fully formed yet but start me thinking down a track of stuff that will later develop into an idea.  Probably because I’m tired after being in the office all day. I have no option but to sit and wait while listening to a podcast and gazing out the window.

Where does inspiration strike you and how?

How do you get the ideas flowing? What do you want to be inspired to do?

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