Focus, and I have a love-hate relationship. For most of my life, I’ve jumped from one shiny thing to the next and then wondered why I hadn’t accomplished as much as I’d wanted to. People would tell me time after time to just finish one project. Finishing projects wasn’t something I did very often.
What the heck is idea bouncing? Did I just make those words up? Maybe. What I'm trying is say is everyone should have someone to bounce their ideas off of. For me, it's my son. He loves talking about movies, scripts, reviews, structure, and character. We have great conversations that revolve around these subjects, but we also love to present our book or movie ideas to each other.
Starting on any journey is scary as heck, but when I decided to put myself out there for all to see, I was downright terrified. When I decided to publish my work, so much self-doubt crept in, and the internal bombardment of questions blasted me at every turn. Could I write something that others would read? Do I look like the kind of person people would want to follow? Am I that interesting? What can I even offer to anyone?
The inspiration to write comes from a personal desire to create characters that are in unusual situations and then watch to see if they can overcome the odds. I love characters that are working through obstacles. I enjoy watching them solve the dilemma. I think this stems from having a lot of moments in my life where I've been defeated. I've had a lot of good moments, but I've also had moments where I didn't finish, I gave up, I didn't make good choices, I was the antagonist, and sometimes I came in dead last.
When I think about opening my creative mind, or creative side, a collage of images rotates through my thoughts. Being creative is not something that comes from nowhere like an alien and his probe. Creativity is something I work at. I compare it to building muscles with weights. The more consistently I perform creative activities, the more creative I am.
One of the ways I open my creative mind is by thinking beyond what is seen or heard. It's about using any and all things going on in my life as an opportunity for exploration. When someone is telling me a story, I start asking myself "what if" questions. Most of the time, I ask the "what if's" internally, so the other person doesn't get upset by me hijacking their story.