Don’t think you’re particularly interested in my detailed stats. Suffice to say I am female, married, in good health, 70 years of age and quite satisfied with my life journey to date. My style is eclectic in every sense. For me real life is more interesting than fiction, although fiction can be fun. I’m never lost for words or stories and am energized by the process of writing – whatever pops into my head.
And now I’m sitting in my corner thinking about what to write for my first post. My corner is comfortable, sometimes inspiring, and as you might have guessed includes my computer. It’s made up of an oak corner-desk covered with a wild assortment of stuff that feeds my over-active imagination, an attached wing covered by more stuff, and under which resides 2 1/2 filing cabinets. There are also several computer bags, storage boxes and a mass of wires to keep me functioning. I sit on a grey armchair set on a 4-wheel base for easy shifting, outfitted with an Obus form to support my back. On the walls in front of me are plaques, pictures, awards and a single painting – each individually able to bring the most clear and wonderful memories of different times in my life. Wall to wall neutral carpet warms the space and a classic milk bubble-glass lamp hangs behind my head. My puppy, Teddy, can if he chooses, curl up either behind me or under the desk amongst the wiring. It’s his choice, but I always enjoy his company. My husband has the opposite corner but his is a very different space which suits his particular creative energy.
Writing has always been a source of pure pleasure for me and has reaped both satisfying results and a sense of personal achievement. It hasn’t mattered what I was writing – letters, reports, speeches, manuals, job descriptions, e-mails or creative bursts, fiction and non-fiction – I most often have felt pride in the finished product.
The truth is – in order to write well you need some form of inspiration/motivation. You need to have a theme, plot, plan or focus to give you direction. You need to have something to say whether it’s real or fiction and the basis of that should be perspective. If you have no perspective, usually based on life experience, how do you make your words and/or thoughts believable or relevant. Admittedly some people are hugely creative and with limited experience write on any number of subjects. Perhaps they use education as their base, research, reading what others have written, what they have gleaned from interviews and studying stats. Maybe they fill in blanks on a basic story format. Experience, however, is that aspect of your life that cannot be duplicated. It’s like your DNA. And, if you combine experience with your unique heritage and genes then the potential for writing and/or story telling is limitless
I’ve been exploring ideas that would motivate me to pursue my desire to write. One reality keeps popping up – my obsession with the past and my memories. No matter what trigger sets me off I will instantly think of and relate a story from my life’s journey. That journey, the people I’ve met and all I’ve learned along the way have provided me with a huge amount of material to draw from. I’ve always been a keen observer of people and life so remember with great clarity a moment, a behavior, an experience told by a friend, a life, and more. I’m not so good with flowers, trees, music, shows, books, food and even people’s names.
It’s fun digging into the past. It’s sometimes fun remembering. It’s fun telling a story based on real life. It’s fun comparing the past to today’s world. It’s fun connecting with people, sometimes giving them a different perspective and sometimes giving them hope. Sometimes it’s just providing pure entertainment – or, triggering someone else’s memories.
I guess that’s my answer. Capture those memories as they resurface and write what gives me pleasure.