The SF writing thing at KMC was a ‘writing competition’. I’d woken up just an hour before that, and as has been the case on all mornings this last month – I had the sniffles, a sore throat and every word I uttered was burpy, and hurt the throat. Very high Esonophil (sp?) count, I’m told. No time to think, and I didn’t feel like going. Still went, though.
Walked in expecting a seminar, and food for thought, and was informed that I’ll get one hour from the moment I take the sheet of paper. Still groggy, it didn’t register. It was when someone said ‘writing competition’ that I understood. The idea plain was parched for once, so I used two basic, and previously used premisses to rehash an old story:
1. Death is the only complete freedom
2. Not everyone wants freedom.
The last premiss is debatable. It was in Gone with the wind (ugh) that I had come across the idea that there were some “African Americans” who didn’t want freedom from slavery, and were quite comfortable as they were: comfortable with familiarity and vary of losing the class distinction that they enjoyed. How about a situation where a race is so accustomed to slavery that they just can’t live in freedom. They don’t know what it means to be free and are afraid of making their own decisions because just don’t know how to do anything. Where herd mentality is a part of the races psyche. I changed a lot of things, added a little more masala, reduced the dramatics and the dialogues. Changed the names and the setting, and the characteristics of the new planet. Of course, the basic premisses remained the same.
Time to think of new ideas, now. As Rhymebawd put it, I didn’t seem to be having fun while writing ‘The Haircut’. I didn’t. I don’t think one gets ideas by just starting writing – beliefs are important, and they define the story. I have been accused once of using stories as just platforms for voicing opinions, but thats the way it sometimes is.
Writing on paper, hurriedly, was an interesting experience. I started coming up with new, and suprising ideas; have mostly relied on word processors (okay, computers) for the last three years. I might switch to paper now. Anything to make me write…and I guess I need to have fun writing.