July 1, 2010
I recently talked with a friend over FB chat. Over various subjects including gaming, and a reminder that while my job may induce headaches it also makes a difference, he said he wished he could make something creative. He just didn’t have the time.
A legitimate concern… And so I gave some advice I’d like to share with those readers with a similar concerns.
“I’m not creative enough.”
“I can’t write.”
“I don’t have time.”
Poppycock, I say!
Buy a notebook, something small you can carry around in a backpack, purse, or on your person. I own a Moleskine notebook with no lines that’s perfect for doodles and random notes at any angle. Not only does the book have pockets and a band to keep the whole thing closed, but it’s very durable. They’re made with acid-free paper. As someone who spent the better part of his college life working in university and church archives, let me tell you that acid-free paper is a must if you want to keep things around for a very long time.
Plus, you’ll feel all nice and pretentious with a Moleskine. Try it!
Buy a set of pens. I prefer gel pens since I don’t have to press too hard on the paper to actually write, and when you get inspiration and just want to keep going, a gel-pen is salvation in plastic. Fine tips are best so the ink doesn’t run everywhere. Treat your tools well, folks.
I always keep at least two pens on me. And don’t lend pens. People tend to keep them. And I loves my pens… Loves them, I say!
And finally, perhaps the most important part of all…
Listen to people. Some of the best lines I’ve ever heard have come from people just talking and trying to think fast. I write these choice quotes in my notebook and often look to them for inspiration or at least a chuckle.
A few choice quotes:
“Kennedy’s not dead. He’s in Cuba with Tupac.”
“I’m too Mexican to be vegan.”
“Where are you going?”
“You are so full of beans and your nose is growing.”
“She’s going to come in and growl! Like an angry mother seahorse!”
To a Homeland Security employee: “Is that bacon? I smell a pork-based product.”
“How did you sneak in here!?”
“I’m wearing sneakers. So I can sneak.”
“Fuck you, rainbow-cake!”
“I did some morally reprehensible things on Friday… but I enjoyed them.”
“You are a broken cloud.”
“The strip club reminded me you can’t buy happiness.”
“It’s important to talk about sex, religion, and politics, just not before you put on a condom.”
Any one of these lines could be the basis for a character, a story, maybe a drawing, a poem, anything.
I remember working in DC and having one of the legislative assistants lament that, despite how much he enjoyed his job, he wished he could create something. If you really want to make something, even if it’s just haiku, devote some time each day, even ten minutes. Build up. Break it down. Rework it until you’re satisfied.
Perhaps most critically, have an ego about it. You can’t try to make something and think it will be horrible. That’s for editing or revisions. As you work, listen to inspirational music or music appropriate to whatever you’re making. Keep telling yourself it will be incredible. Force yourself to finish it.
You can create art. All of you. It’s just a matter of the right tools and mentality. Now get to work.
Here linky, linky, linky…
- Model Larissa Riquelme has said that if Paraguay wins the World Cup, she will run through the streets naked in nothing more than paint. If you weren’t excited about the world cup now, GET EXCITED!
- In what may be the dumbest movie name since 2 Fast 2 Furious or just dropping “The” from the last Final Destination movie, the NEW Final Destination movie will be called 5nal Destination. Anyone else thinks that looks like “Anal”?
- I love the Young Turks, and their take on the new technology that allows plants to talk to you and even use Twitter is hilarious.
- What do you do when your employees, like those in the Chinese factory that makes a good chunk of Apple’s products, keep killing themselves? No, you don’t raise wages or stop forcing them to work inhuman hours. You put nets around the buildings to keep them from splattering on the ground.
- Great news in sex, folks. Scientists are just two or three years away from releasing the male birth control pill. You only need to take one pill every three months and human trials start next year.
- Did you know that if you have more than one earring per ear you are a DIRTY, DIRTY WHORE?! Me neither…
- Wizards of the Coast released an article detailing the pitfalls of playing a “villainous” race like drow or gnolls. It’s quite funny in a lot of areas, including the apparent lack of respect the company’s D&D products have for gnolls. How many other player races get beaten up every over cover or drawing?
- Christina Hendricks, patron saint of hawt redheads, gave an interview where she talks about self-esteem and body image among other things. Part of me wonders if she’s serious about being so shocked people think she’s hot because she’s curvy, but it’s nice to see that we’re moving away from the stick-figure ideal and going back to women with curves. Go, curvy women!
- And finally, this may be the funniest commercial I’ve seen all week. So, who has a man that’s cooked a gourmet cake in a kitchen he built?