My creativity is without a doubt fueled by the dark things in my life just as much, if not more, as it is by the good things in my life. Raw, unbridled emotion that leaves you exhausted and mentally spent is one of my greatest weapons when it comes to writing.
I grew angry, genuinely, with a sneeze today on the train. It was my own, and it rattled me wholly. It was as if I was smacked hard across the face. As if insulted, personally, and while ill-prepared with a clever retort. I muttered to myself fuuuck subsequently, and even spent some time dwelling upon its occurrence. But why, I wondered. What was I so mad at? Who?
This photograph is what riverfront lot owners on the Potomac River in Falling Waters, West Virginia woke up to two years ago, when the river crested at twenty seven feet from a normal eighteen feet. You might be able to make out the child’s swing set in the middle, right hand side of the photograph, and what you probably can’t make out are floating coolers, folding chairs, and a sinking speed boat in the distance. My vacation riverfront lot sits a quarter mile downriver from where I took this photograph, where it levels out at thirty feet. We were three inches away from disaster that year until the next flood warning, a few months later.
One of the things that I love most about writing is drawing inspiration from all of the different kinds of people in the world. Humans are so complex, so full of mystery. So many different components make a person who they are, and I love that. I love drawing inspiration from a bunch of different people and situations, and turning that inspiration into crafting and shaping a new person, a fictional being that other people might relate to.
After extolling the virtues of my favourite writing community platform, Facebook, I would be remiss if I didn’t give proper credit to the social media platform that took my writing community virginity: Twitter. I’ve written several posts on my personal blog about what an awesome tool Twitter can be, but there are some downsides as well, so let’s explore a little, shall we?