Being involved with the running of a theatre company for a year seriously damaged my creativity. Just sorting out the day-to-day details left me with very little of my precious free time and my creative juices dried up. When the company ended, I deliberately threw myself into taking a variety of online courses as I didn’t want to get sucked into another theatre venture. Unfortunately, my creative juices didn’t return. I seemed to have been sucked dry.
So I went back to some old stuff and worked on that for a while. It was good to go back and see my work through a fresh pair of eyes but it didn’t trigger anything new.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I was at a local singer/songwriter’s album launch with some friends when something unexpected happened. There I was, minding my own business, when I was hit by a lightening bolt. A line from one of the songs struck me as being unusual and beautiful at the same time. I couldn’t get the line out of my head. And the more I thought about it, the more I stopped listening to the music and, suddenly, a story began to appear.
My first instinct was to run out of the gig, go home and write it down before I forgot it. But I took a deep breath and told myself ‘not to be so silly’ and that ‘if it was important, I’d remember it.’ So I stayed till the end and then spent a couple of days running the idea round and round my head before sitting down to write it.
And, so far so good, the story telling part of my brain is fully functioning again and I’ve written nearly 3000 words (which may not seem a lot to some of you but, believe me, it is for me). I guess you can’t force things and, when you are truly ready, inspiration will strike – probably from the most unlikely situations.
Thanks to Sam Braham for being the latest UK Krampus Crackers author to guest on this blog, revealing the inspiration behind her flash fiction, what she has in common with Bridget Jones, and her dream of living with the Oompa-Loompas…
You can follow Sam on twitter to find out more about her work. @BrahamSamantha
Sam at the Krampus Crackers launch event in Leeds.
Describe yourself in 50 words or less:
I’m a writer who doesn’t write as often as I should! I have a busy life so it’s hard to fit everything in. But I’m also a paradox – a busy person who is essentially lazy so any free time is usually spent gazing out the window or eating biscuits.
Why did you become involved in Krampus Crackers and what was the inspiration for your story?
Until about a year ago, I’d never heard of Flash Fiction and then…
Conventional wisdom says writers must always carry a notebook & pen at all times so when inspiration strikes, the moment isn’t lost forever. Every writer I know does this &, for a while, so did I. I diligently carried said items around with me in whatever bag I was using. From bag to bag they went until I forgot to transfer the pen & then, finally, the notebook.
Did I miss said items? No, I did not because the truth is I never used them. I thought this was because I am lacking somewhat as a writer. ‘No pen?! Nothing to write with?! And you call yourself a writer?!’ are words I’ve often heard so I’
ve always felt a bit of a fraud for not scribbling feverishly into a notebook I expertly pulled out of my bag the moment the light bulb flicked on.
That was until last week when I went to my local library’s ‘Meet the Author’ event. The evening followed the usual format of the author talking about writing and the book they are trying to flog, reading a passage from the book they are trying to flog & answering Q&As. And, of course, someone asked if they carried a notebook & pen around with them at all time. And, of course, I was expecting her to answer, ‘Yes, of course! How on earth can you call yourself a writer if you don’t? ‘
Imagine my shock then when she said, ‘No.’ My new best friend then went on to explain that she never had & she didn’t find it necessary because if it was important, then she would remember it. Hallelujah! And it’s true. You are not going to forget the moment inspiration hits you as you’ll be too busy thinking about it until your story proper gets underway. So the next time some smart-arse comments on my lack of writing paraphernalia, I’m going to smile knowingly & say, ‘Don’t need any. If it’s important, I’ll remember it.’