THE WRITER’S MIND and what surrounds it (or at least mine). Be mystified no more.
- Momentary lulls in conversation coupled with a distant stare are likely not because the company is boring, although it happens. There’s a good chance a story idea or sentence has just appeared that needs to be remembered.
- Future excursions away from the place of residency, outwith the safety of the laptop force field are often assessed on whether they are likely to be beneficial to writing. Inspiration and stimulation are not always the same thing. There is also the risk of boring company being involved: LOSE/LOSE
- Much like the interior, the exterior is messy only far less evident. It forms the basis of the messiest desk know to mankind. There are notebooks filled with organised writing as well as scribbles and scrawls of ideas and fragments of the unforgettable from the front cover to the cardboard back. Likewise any other surface that can be written on might be, from old letters and envelopes to magazines and skin. Those who are particularly dedicated may even have occupied wall space and made notes on the skin permanent either by accident or design.
- Assorted Word documents are filled with everything from poems, one liners and jokes to story ideas and books that never got off the ground. Despite Word requiring a title in order to save a document, many of the titles make no sense upon seeing them again, and from time to time you click-through all the old files hoping to find a story idea that suddenly seems appealing, one written nearly a decade ago.
- A variety of pens, some with chewed lids, some missing them entirely are lying around, often hidden for no apparent reason. Even those which have run out are kept before being thrown away, as if the memories are too much to part with.
- Books to be read, and those that have been read rest near each other. Some are destined to be read quickly, others require bloody mindedness – nearly every so-called classic – and only through a bizarre commitment despite being only 30 pages in, you feel compelled to finish it. The ones that have been read form a sort of misshapen shrine to all the words that have been devoured, and the visible book tower is more of a note to self: “Yeah, I read them all. So, yeah…”
- Every form of media is considered a potential story in the making or at least a possible spark of inspiration. In times of need non-writing media is tapped into in order to get a creative fix. Plagiarism isn’t the idea, just ideas, ideas that are neither original nor plagiarism. I’m being too flippant. Don’t steal ideas, but riff off them, bounce off them.
Hmm. I’m sure I have forgotten something.