another response to a comment post...

I just saw a post by "Mania" asking what I do when I lack inspiration...

Well, Mania, let me be honest with you: The idea that I ever lack inspiration is laughable. Ha ha! Hee hee! Ho ho! In fact, it's so funny that I... I...

Ummm... uhhhh.... hmmm... wow, I have no idea how to end that joke... whew.... that's a toughie... okay, let's try again...

In fact, it's so funny that I... that I...

Okay. Well, I guess I do lack inspiration from time to time. So let me try to answer your question...

Some people call lack of inspiration "writer's block;" I call it a sign that I need to shift something. So, that's what I do when I find myself out of ideas: I shift something in what I'm doing. Sometimes that means putting the issue or question aside and moving on to a different part of the story/script; other times that means shutting off my computer altogether and doing something that has nothing to do with writing (such as: going on a hike, reading a magazine, or toilet-papering someone's house).

Point being, I find that banging my head against a metaphoric wall generally isn't helpful... but giving my brain a break really is. And then the answers and ideas end up flowing much easier because I'm not trying to force them.

Anyhow, Mania, I hope that answers your question.

And just in case you're wondering, the toilet-papering someone's house was just a joke. I haven't done that in years. Okay, that's a lie. I did that last night but unfortunately, in the dark, I didn't realize that it wasn't a house I was papering... it was the local police station... and then I was arrested... and, well, that's another story altogether...


Anonymous Janice said...

Lucky mania! She asks a question, thereby enabling you to take a well deserved break to respond.
As for me, I have no trouble at all shifting gears at anything I'm doing, but then again I have adult attention deficit disorder, and thank goodness I'm not a writer'cause I'd be shit out of luck and unemployed...errrr... wait a minute! I am currently unemployed!(I have waaay too much time on my hands!).
Wishing all you guys out there even more creativity, good energy, and positive vibes.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Alana Franklin said...

A good toilet papering always gets me back on track, when it comes to songwriting, as well. Nothing like tossin' an extra long roll of Charmin Ultra over your neighbors roof top...

But I advise you, maybe next time you should take a flashlight and a nice pair of running shoes. :)

6:55 PM  
Blogger nico said...

you mean, hammering your head against the tables edge wouldn't help at all???
couldn't you post that before i made a giant smurf out of myself???

apropos! please DON'T!!!! run in front of policedepartements... remember, they are armed!

9:16 AM  
Blogger nico said...

am i allowed to say, that i liked waiting for the decision more than waiting for the rewritten scenes?
it was so full of tension. i think i felt like luis de funes yes-no-yes-no-orrrrg-hnnng... that was fun =D
now i think i have a relaxation overdose. or just spring tiredness... anyway, i wish finally SOMETHING would happen.
michelle, how is the coffee creamer?
janice, how is your shoulder?
where is mania? and where are the multiple chris?
alana, do you prefer forehand or backhand throws while toilet papering houses?
can someone please entertain me. please 8D

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Janice said...

Hi, Michelle! Also "hi" to anyone else dropping.
I just checked in your "news" section, Michelle, and see that you have a new commercial! I'll be sure to look out for you on the Embrel commercials.
Still sending out mega positive vibes for "The Rules."
I hope everyone is doing well.
Whoa! nico, I just saw your post! I've missed you! The shoulder sucks, hurts most of the time. Surgery scheduled for May 10. I'll keep ya'll posted.
Take care,everyone!

10:33 PM  
Blogger nico said...

yes, the commercials. i was a bit ashamed, that i didn't instantly recognise you, in that cisco commercial. it's because of the voices i think. they synchronised you with such a ... such a ... gnaaa! well, the voice doesn't suit you at all!!!

anyway, janice! that's funny... oh well, not that your shoulder is hurting, of course not! but me has a tattoo appointment on 10th so it seems to be a pain-day for both of us. but i hope you will be offered a narcosis finally

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Alana Franklin said...

A good old granny toss of industrial sized toilet paper rolls is always the way to go. :) And if you're bored maybe you'd like to check out my website, I have music on there if you're interested. :) Just click the link on my name.

These days, trying to promote uncategorized piano music in a world of punk rock and heavy metal is almost as tiring as toilet papering the neighbors houses!

8:02 AM  
Blogger nico said...

yikes- be right with you


9:32 AM  
Blogger nico said...

eeeeeeeeeeeeeks boink ouch ... sorry did i break something? anyway... i'm back.


you find me on my knees, ... thanks for inviting me!

got goosebumps at "lonely longing"
a strange kind of tinitus at "alabaster" ;D
an irrepressibly nodding head at "walk away" - which was replaced by "the mystery" which gave me some more goosebumps...


well, at least one headbanging punk thinks you are a really good singer.

post some pics of the TPed houses and i judge them too =D

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Alana said...

Hey Nico. Yeah, Alabaster was a sort of "I'm bored and my friends need a good laugh" song, lol. I'm glad you enjoyed those few and thanks for your awesome commentary.

Don't get me wrong, I love all forms of music... but if you saw the music scene in my town.. well, let's just say you'd be toilet papering the neighbors houses right along with me.

I'll make sure to get some pictures on my next midnight venture to TP-Town.. ;)

10:56 PM  
Blogger nico said...

alana =D

itunes counted for me - i've heard "in the clouds" 274 times over the weekend... just stopped to prevent a whiplash =D

9:51 AM  

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