Thursday, May 5, 2011

Muses, Crafting, Uncovering


In an infinite universe of infinite possibilities, infinite numbers of your stories exist.

Your sole task as a writer is to uncover them from the archaeological dig sites of the netherworld and deliver them intact to a finite shitball hooked on fuel and death and cash.

Remember this every time you are stuck for words, for inspiration.

Bring this thought to bear upon your every unfillable blank page.

All your characters say and do, all that happens in your story, is waiting to be discovered in this way.

So equip yourself with all manner of shovels and scopes and lenses and detectors.

There is no need to “make anything up”.

11 comments:

Old Kitty said...

"Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to work we go"

Take care
x

stacy said...

But the problem is delivering them intact.

Mother (Re)produces. said...

My problem is my characters are all doing roadkill impressions at the moment.

Jinksy said...

We all know truth is stranger than fiction...

Whirlochre said...

Old Kitty
I suspect you may have been drinking too much gravy...

Stacy
A most astute observation. On the one hand, the possibility exists that the things you've uncovered may be valueless. On the other hand, you may end up defacing priceless artifacts to make them more palatable to a perceived audience. Alternatively, you might just sit on your keyboard by accident...

Mother
As animals, drivers or vehicles?

Jinksy
Some days, I'm convinced the truth is the only part we make up...

jjdebenedictis said...

This is poetry; what a lovely way of thinking about it!

fairyhedgehog said...

My problem is all the shit I have to shovel to get down to the ideas.

And so far I haven't managed to get any deeper than the dung.

The Tame Lion said...

The only difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

fairyhedgehog said...

@TTL - that's so true and it made me laugh!

Whirlochre said...

JJ
Free verse written with a blank expression?

Hog Hog Of Of Magicke Magicke
Dung beetles make great subjects for fiction — see Karel Copek's "The Insect Play".

The Tame Lion
Nice to see a new face & manly torso.
Certainly, there have to be enclosed narratives and tie-ups.

stacy said...

Tame Lion, that's so true. Fiction helps us to make sense of our lives.