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When I was doing my degree, I concentrated so hard on achieving a good mark that my 'creative' self largely disappeared.  I confidently thought that it would return when the final piece of work was submitted.  May came and went.  I thought, "Well, it's early days yet."  June, July, August came.  Nada. Niet.  Nothing (well, I had some physical challenges, such as falling down concrete steps, a huge abscess etc and my beloved cat Dylan died - so I thought maybe I had enough on my plate).  September....October.....

Then suddenly, it returned at the most oddest of times - in the middle of a factory, mechanically (nay maniacally) stuffing photos into envelopes.  I believe it happened because I was sensory-deprived, but I started to see the outlines of a novel brewing, based on being couped up with others.   I was a bit dystopian - I could imagine people reduced to being humanoid animals - I had definitely felt like a mole and I had definitely refered to the place as a 'hen house'.  It reminded me of Tim Burton's reaction to recreating cute animals for Disney - not exactly Orwell's Animal Farm, but was starting to resemble Art Spielman's Maus. I have had bursts of imaginative writing when I experienced extreme conflict 15 years ago and it made me wonder - why do I have to experience a LOT of strain before my imaginative self opens up properly?  Interestingly, it never happens when I was pushed re the degree i.e. intellectually being stretched - only if I felt emotionally and/or physically compromised.  Interesting....however, I would like to have more leaps in the imagination without being put through the factory mill.

Anyway, thank you Terry Pratchett - I needed to be reminded of this (apparently it is the Year of the Justifiably-Defensive Lobster so I will celebrate accordingly).


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Jan. 2nd, 2018 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a nice thought that is. I will have to remember that.
Jan. 2nd, 2018 06:12 pm (UTC)
If I remember rightly, Neil Gaiman has said something similar. Think it was along the lines of 'You wanna write? Write. It's as easy as that and as hard as that.'
Jan. 2nd, 2018 06:44 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Just as easy, just as hard. :P
Jan. 3rd, 2018 06:53 am (UTC)
I love that quote.
Jan. 3rd, 2018 02:13 pm (UTC)
I think he's right - I love the joy of writing it for me, but then there's the substantial redraft editing.
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