I like memes and I like writing, put them together and you get me waffling about writing. Writing fiction. Writing fiction with pictures! Huzzah! Every now and again I’ll be sharing something involved with writing.
Keep an eye out for the other memes I’ve created in order to get myself blogging regularly – Editing Updates, Motley Monday, Workout Wednesday, Fucked up Friday, Music Monday, Foodie Friday, and What’s New Wednesday.
I was going to share my questionnaire for adolescent characters, but I writing inspires me to come up with more topics for discussing it and so here I am! Discussing something different today!
For years I tried to either fight my quirks or ignored them, even when it seemed as though I was making the most of them, I was embarrassed about them. Now I know better.
I firmly believe quirks should be embraced, especially when you are a creative and artistic person. Everything in life can be used as a tool to draw upon and further your imagination.
Quirks embraced can be something simple or something complicated. Recently I was unwell. Being a diabetic, and with my blood clot history, I take great pains to make sure I stay hydrated. I drink Powerade Zero, but have only ever drunk the red one before. There weren’t any red ones available this time and I ended up with the blue one.
I have discovered I absolutely love Powerade Zero Mountain Blast! It has nothing to do with the flavour. I don’t really think it has a flavour, but I do know it is very blue and I like that. For some odd reason it makes me think of aliens. Every time I have a glass of Mountain Blast now I entertain the notion of drinking an alien drink. I have no idea why and I don’t care, I am rolling with it!
I do the same thing with certain foods. I love getting a spinach wrap from Le Wrap purely due to having a green wrap. Every time I go into Bread Top the colour of the green tea swiss roll gives me pause.
Why should this small idiosyncrasy be embraced and how can it help further my imagination?
Just by describing my quirk, I have already shown a step in creating something. Aliens. I believe Aliens do exist, but they are not little green men, they are not humanoid creatures of gargantuan proportions, and they are not shaped like cubes. However, my imagination can dream up so many different types of aliens. When I think of Powerade Zero Mountain Blast my imagination gets to zero in on the possibilities of what an alien civilisation drinking a blue drink means, and then I get to question the whys. Why are they drinking a blue drink? Where did this blue drink come from? What’s it made of? Is it traditional, or medicinal, or both? What type of aliens drink blue drinks? Is their society experiencing any racial or political strife?
See what I did there? A complete jump from drinking something for hydration to creating an alien civilisation with conflict.
I have many quirks, foibles, idiosyncrasies, eccentricities, whatever you prefer to call them, to draw on and embrace. My recent discovery for my love of blue drinks is only a small one I can create an example from.
One thing I will not do is automatically make one of my characters have my quirks. I have an issue with Mary Sues/Gary Stues and I work hard to make sure none of my characters ever become one. I want to create stories, but I do not want to be in them. Whenever I discover one of my quirks could work in a story, I have to seriously contemplate its inclusion and what it could mean for the characters and for readers. I prefer to embrace my quirks and let them inspire me, not to dominate my characters.
When you’re stuck and need some inspiration, have a look at your own life and see what you can draw upon. It can be an event you experienced, or it could be something as simple as a dorky love for blue drinks.