I didn’t manage to join in with What I’m Writing last week, mainly as I was, well, writing! I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants on the blog recently, always running to catch up, so I’ve been trying to schedule more, to take the pressure off during the week.
I have succeeded, to a certain extent. Although after a blitz over the last week or so, I’m just about back at square one again! I have so many ideas for posts, so many drafts, but so little time to sit down and write. Ho hum.
All that aside though, in addition to the simple narrative blog posts, I tried my hand at a couple of pieces of flash fiction…
Now, I have often said that I don’t believe I’m imaginative enough to write fiction, certainly not a novel; my head isn’t full of wonderful, creative and innovative ideas for stories. I may have lots of ideas for journal posts for the blog, but fiction? Not so much.
However, I came across this quote, and I wonder if it is true?
Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.
Philip Jose Farmer
I wrote two pieces of fiction over the course of the last week. These are the first pieces of prose I have written that haven’t been, what I think of as, embellished autobiography.
They were not based on memories or events. They were not, even loosely, about me!
I loved writing them, and I found the process for each of them interesting, and a little surprising. They just happened!
The first piece, Thunder, developed from the first sentence. That sentence popped into my head on the school run and remained, unedited, in the final draft. The rest of the piece flowed from there. It ends with the character waiting for something and people have asked what for? Honestly, I’m not quite sure! But, I have a feeling if I sat down to write part two, I would find out.
For the second piece, Books, the idea just came to me. It was completely different to anything else I have written, and I was actually very nervous about publishing it. I’m still worried that it’s slightly contrived.
But, I wrote fiction!
I have found reading the other posts linked up to this linky hugely inspiring, and it has made me wonder more about where creative inspiration comes from. Do ideas appear, unbidden, in our minds or do we need to sit down, concentrate and find them? Or is it a bit of both!
Where do you find your inspiration? Where do your ideas come from?