I'm about to do something no one has ever thought I would ever do. I'm not really sure you are ready for this, but I'm going to do it anyway. What I am about to say is so monumental that I really must prepare you in advance for it. I mean, seriously, no one ever saw this coming. It's so life changing that you should get a screengrab just to remember the occasion, because it may never happen again.
Am a good writer.
That's right. I actually complimented myself on something. I am beginning to think that I really am a good writer. At least of non-fiction. I also have a bit of an imagination. All the pro-gay slogans I came up with yesterday were really made when Jessica said that she thought something should be a bumper sticker. The Scrubs coma theory was based around the single slight idea that it's all in JD's head. Hell Immortal Space itself was based on two prompts. Two! A full story! The idea was simple, it's set in space, and features an immortal character who enjoys his immortality. Since then I've managed to come up with several ideas, including one I had yesterday for a way to make some things make sense. Sadly that's quite late in to the story so you could be waiting a while.
I've written full, multi-paragraph posts on the notion that I have nothing to write about. I've written poems centered around one line. One word even. If you give me a prompt, I can run with it, and make something happen. One time Jessica told me that she had to write an essay about the pros and cons of the prison system, and she asked me if I could think of any, and I pretty much wrote the entire essay for her right there on my phone. My fingers killed afterwards but when you have inspiration, you have to run with it, and not let anything stop you.
There is, of course, a downside to this. Me complimenting myself couldn't have lasted long. The downside to this is of course that inspiration, that feeling that makes me want to write a story based on a word, is very fleeting. If I don't take the chance as soon as I get it, then there's a good chance it will never come to fruition. People take notes, and can work from that, but not me. The connections in my brain that make everything fit and make sense have a very short life span. If I have time to take enough notes to preserve the idea, I might as well just write the whole thing out. Not to mention of course that there are some things I don't think I can make in to a story. The guys at A Beer For The Shower once challenged me to write a story based on the idea that a couple who communicate through interpretive dance because one of them is deaf travel back in time with the help of a taco and then they get stuck there because they eat it. Like I said though I'm better with non-fiction I think. I don't get ideas too often, but when I do I can really roll with them, and make something happen.
Seriously this post is another shining example. Look how bloody long it is and the basic idea was "Hey, I'm a half decent writer".