SOL2015 -Sit Still And Ideas Will Reveal Themselves
Sometimes we make finding something to write about more arduous than is necessary. I am reminded of the saying- ideas exist in things. I recently read what Children’s author, Andy Griffiths had to say on finding something to write about in his book, 'Once Upon A Slime.'
I have reproduced his words below. They are worth considering when it comes to finding a suitable focus for a writing piece.
Today, using Andy’s advice I sat quietly in my study and began to focus on what was right in front of me. And suddenly there it was. An idea waiting to be discovered.
Some might call it a porcelain knick-knack, a trinket or trifle. It is actually all those things. A cheap porcelain dog which has been in my possession for many years. My youngest sister gave it to me for my seventeenth birthday. I’m not sure what possessed her to give a seventeen year old boy such a gift, but she did and I was honour bound to accept it. She even named it for me. She informed me its name was, Alan. Alan the dog it was and Alan the dog it has remained.
That dog has been with me through multiple house moves and two marriages. It has come to signify longevity. Alan the dog is a survivor of sorts. He sits on a shelf in my study and is a link to my family history. I can’t specifically point to why I have kept it. It is just there and that’s about all there is to it. I don’t question it remaining in my possession. It doesn't bark, demand to be fed, or chew my books.
It is just there on the shelf having outlived its dog years by several lifetimes. It is an artifact in a broader collection of artifacts that have found a place in the study. Writers are collectors….