Sudden Flash

PrincessLapis

I like writing, but I'm not sure if I'm really any good at it yet.


The faintly glowing creature approached the girl sitting at her desk, frustratedly typing away on her keyboard. It leapt lightly onto the corner, peering at her work.

It sat, curling a dainty tail round itself, watching as she continued typing, jumbled messes of words appearing on her screen. Pieces of scripts, moments from her day, snatches of things she'd read recently, all piled in as she tried desperately to write something.

None of this was very good though.

The girl sighed and stopped when at last she couldn't think of any more words. "Come on, think," she said to herself, skimming over what she'd written.

The small, delicate creature climbed up onto her shoulder, curling around her neck.

"Oh!"

She switched sections and started typing again, more excitedly this time. Yes, she knew precisely what to write.

Half an hour later, she sighed, getting a drink at last and looking over what she'd written. No, it still wasn't great, but it had the makings of a masterpiece.

She smiled, pleased with her work.


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ethelthefrog

ethelthefrog

Is this your creative process? Does the cat-like creature take over your mind? Dun dun DUUUUN!

  • #4100 Posted 11 days ago
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PrincessLapis

PrincessLapis

I dunno, for me, inspiration just sorta feels like it's not always internal, like little ideas come to nest in your brain and usually politely ask for you to help them become physical, become more than just a concept.

So variations of stuff like this have been playing around in my brain for a while because of it feeling like that. Then I decided I should write down some of it.

  • #4101 Posted 11 days ago
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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

I hear you. My muse is more like Stephen King's most of the time. Here is a link to that quote https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/414722-there-is-a-muse-but-he-s-not-going-to-come

But there are certainly a lot of opportunities in day to day life you pay attention. Sometimes it comes in snippets of description or dialogue. Even with a cell phone, I don't document all of them and they get lost forever. I used to keep a notebook by my bed so that when I woke up in the middle of the night with the BEST IDEA EVER, that I'd be able to work it out in the morning. Not so much these days though.

As far as your story in particular, this creature is handled better than the last one, perhaps because this story is about the creature and you've spent more time in developing it. It's agile, and it glows, and it has a tail, is apparently invisible and intangible to normal people (if writers are normal at all, ha ha), and seems to have some interest in helping people write. I'm imagining a small white cat with fairy wings and

  • #4110 Posted 4 days ago
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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

an almost dragon like tail. Maybe kind of like a miniature luck dragon.

  • #4111 Posted 4 days ago
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PrincessLapis

PrincessLapis

That's a good quote. Very much yes, you must work for creativity. And when you get inspiration, you have to choose to let it nestle itself in your brain, choose to express it.

I have a mobile device by my pillow, as well as a sketchbook, and I've definitely random grabbed both to jot down ideas. Sometimes I turn them away, but mostly I try to keep track of them. It's a lot of fun, seeing what I end up with.

That seems like a very good form for it. Not exactly what's been in my brain for them, but fitting nonetheless. And, I'm sure they come in many different forms, so probably nearly any way one could imagine them would be accurate.

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