|Time slides away|
all too quickly...
This has got me to thinking about what makes me tick as a writer. Why do I do it? Why do strange ideas pop into my head at strange times of the day and night, and why does my brain then connect those ideas with ones I had say 3 years ago and propose I make a story out of them? Why do I feel the need to scribble tiny ideas onto random scraps of paper, wherever I am? (It's for this reason I'm never without a pen or something to write notes down on!)
I think if I'm honest, the basic truth of it is "escapism" - I always have and still do use writing as an outlet and a distraction from everyday life. Strangely I come home from my day job and "destress" and unwind by giving myself more work with my story writing. But it's where my true happiness lies, and so my scribbles, although they do (and will) take years and years of practice, are something I must do with my life, whether I'm successful commercially in the long run or not.
|Time ticks on... never going backwards!|
I remember back at university (many turns of the clock ago now!), whilst beginning to grow sick of academia, when the seeds of my creative scribbles were first being sown, I would read devour the works of George Orwell. Of all his fiction I read, though, his book of essays was most striking to me, and especially his piece called "Why I Write"... Even though it was written way back in more "old-fashioned" days, it's well worth a read, even for struggling scribblers in this 21st century hi-tech world... And to end this pondering post on what makes me tick as an author, here's my own (by no means complete) list of "Why C.G.Allan Writes":
- to entertain
- to connect with my fellow man
- to retain my sanity
- to escape to new worlds I can control
- to emulate my heroes
- to preserve my personal history
- to make the ordinary extraordinary
- to remember the past
- to honour those I love
- to celebrate the oddness of life
- to laugh at all things serious
- to explore life paths not taken
- to rediscover my childhood optimism
- to dream of possibilities...
Now it's "Time" to feature a time-turning teaser for one of the tales featured on my Official Writing Homepage - so here's the first trailer for my own season of (mini) summer blockbusters for 2012: