There’s a drought. The sun has been shining for a couple of months. It’s been hot. There has been no significant rainfall in several weeks. The ground is parched here and there. Green fields are turning brown. The levels of lakes, rivers and streams are falling. Farmers are becoming more pessimistic than usual, concerned about feeding livestock and their parched crops.
But things are not too serious. The shops are stocked. The taps still provide when they are turned. A little rain is even in the forecast. A little rain has fallen too. And eventually, summer will turn to fall. The clouds will form. The rain will come.
There’s another drought, a creative drought. I am in a creative dry spell. I haven’t created anything significant in several weeks. There are parched areas with no new music, fiction or even ideas.
Yeah, the material’s been good so far, although I’m sure there’s got to be a drought coming someday. John Goodman
There are many reasons. It could be a sign from the heavens or lack of anything from the heavens. It might just be natural forces. Changes in the local weather pattern, soon to change again. Little is permanent. Little that is new.
The big fear is that it is something major. Is it down to a bigger ‘something’? Is the drought due to climate change, the warming of the earth and is this down to human (in)activity? If so it could, or more than likely have ongoing changes and effects. And to think we might have been able to do something about it, and/or perhaps still can.
Is my creative drought caused by similar wider reaching events; age, other people, natural changes, excessive creative pollution or by-products in the atmosphere and/or beyond?
Technology has allowed us to have more drought-resistant crops. The spotty nature of drought, the spotty nature of rains can sometimes result in better yields than anticipated. Tom Vilsack
What can I do? I can make changes. I can ride this through. I can make offerings. I can make invocations. I can wait. I can pick up the guitar. I can use new techniques or technology.
Like the weather, my creativity goes through seasons, and seasons change. There will be droughts. There will be floods. There will be times of sunshine and showers.
Like the climate, I hope my creativity is not going through a major change that I can do nothing about.
Like the weather forecast, the first step is to take a look, see what is happening and then write it down; as a script, as a weather report, or in this blog post.
Then plan and do.
I’m sitting here wondering what to do. I want to write something. I want to make a little music. I want to do a little art. I want to understand quantum entanglement. I want to make breakfast. I want. I want. I want to do all the things
the creative minimalist
I call myself the creative minimalist. At times the minimalist aspect is part aspirational and part ironic. It certainly doesn’t modify the creative part of the name. The two parts are and remain quite distinct. The creative polymath might be more accurate. However, I am not the expert being a polymath often implies.
I want to do too many things. If I visualised my perfect day it would be a mixture of playing the guitar, recording sound and writing words. However, that is a broad brush stroke. What songs or music do I want to play? What sounds and stories do I want to craft? I have hundreds of songs and almost as many ideas for stories.
Want and need are two different things. I want to do all the things yet I need to feed and clothe myself. I want to do all the things but I need to live and support myself. Aligning wants and needs is my Holy Grail. Like the elusive chalice, alignment might be a myth too far.
I want to do all the things
I start some of the things, and sometimes manage to focus on just one thing… for a while. Because my mind wants to do all the things, it loses interest in the thing currently before me. It wanders. It meanders. It negotiates excuses and makes reasoned arguments for moving on to some ‘thing’ else.
The solution is to connect all the things I want to do with my life goals, my ambitions, my dreams, my reason for existing – all the big picture stuff. My wants have to be related to my goals. My goals should encompass my needs. There needs to be a motivation to keep me working on the things I want to do. That will come from the connection.
I want to do all the things. I can’t. I have to decide. I have to choose one at a time. Make sure it is aligned with what I want to achieve and do it.
I am back to the same position.
Sitting here, wondering what to do.
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I took in every detail, but I was drawn in by his/her eyes
It could be love, it could be hate! It could be any reason at all that you have been drawn to this person and their eyes. This Friday Fiction Writing Prompt is about describing someone’s features. What language do you use to describe a face, the mouth, the skin? And why, are the eyes so special?
Being able to describe someone is a vital part of writing a story. However, you should try to convey feeling, use metaphors, simile and any literary tool you can. In fiction it is not about describing the Pantone colour of someone’s skin and the distance in millimetres between their eyes, it’s about describing what these visual elements mean to you, the author, and therefore are important to the reader.
No rules, just write and have fun.
Draw this person in words, and describe why they have drawn you toward them.
The mattress was so soft, but comfort ran from my mind as I heard the scratching from beneath the bed
Hallowe’en is just around the corner, so let’s get a little scary with our Friday Fiction Writing Prompt. You’re in bed, it’s nice and comfortable, then you hear the noise. How do you describe the sound? How do you react to the noise? Do you try to rationalise it, or does your mind immediately think of the worst possible scenario? And, of course, what happens next?
Bringing tension, fear and apprehension to your writing is a skill. Explore sprinkling your words with a little horror. There are no limits to where you can take this idea, it could be nothing… but it could be the most horrifying thing to take place.
As always no rules, just write. And don’t scare yourself so much that you’re unable to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard… hey, did you hear that scratching noise?