A friend on facebook asked me not long ago, “where do you get all your ideas from?” A simple question indeed but one that is almost impossible to answer in a way people who aren’t ‘like me’ will understand.
By ‘like me’ I mean, well like me. Let me try to explain. I’m autistic, which means I don’t do the social thing at all well. I don’t mix with folks effectively and I tend to quickly piss people off and if I do make a friend, I tend to lose it pretty quickly. This means I’m alone for most of the time, both physically and inside my head. You know when you have friends but they’re not actually ‘here’ at this moment but you know inside your head that they exist and they’re your friends? You have an innate knowledge that you’re not emotionally alone don’t you? Well I don’t have that. I’m physically alone and alone inside my head too. Now that’s freaking alone man..!
I also have major emotional baggage left over from an abusive childhood which means I have a trust issue. Not something you want when you’re trying to make friends. This also tends to add to my isolation. I’m also physically unattractive so even if men did happen to overlook my other failings, the sight of me puts them off anway. This also means I’m destined to remain just as alone as I am now.
All of this isolation takes its toll and not all of the effects are negative, for me as a writer anyhow. I’ve developed an immense imagination. Every moment I’m alone I’m living one of my internal fantasies. People who see me may think I’m just shopping or taking out the trash but really I’m exploring the outer regions of some far flung planet, searching for the ancient truth stone that will save the people and show me my one true love who just happens to be mixed race, hugely muscular, clean shaven and hung like a horse. I may appear to be driving to the store, or to my day job but really I’m on my way from my Los Angeles mansion to meet with my agent to discuss my latest appearance on the Ellen show and whether we could fit in a spot on Jimmy Kimmel the same day or whether we need to put that one back a week. I may appear to be doing housework but really I’m searching the cargo bay of the intergalactic freight liner for clues as to the whereabouts of the hand written notes that would prove that hugely muscular, mixed race, well hung hunk of a prisoner is completely innocent of those murders on Taxos 4.
You see what I’m driving at? This is me every minute of every day and several hours into each night too as I toss and turn and struggle to switch it all off so I can sleep. The moment I wake it all starts again. This is the stuff that fills my mind 24/7 and all of the locations, the conversations and the people are as real to me as anyone I may physically meet. Being completely alone both physically and emotionally too, allows me to indulge in this fantasy reality to a high degree and I’ve been doing it for so long that I doubt I could stop for long and I couldn’t imagine being able to survive without it.
It’s the easiest thing in the world for me to just write this stuff down. I’m so tapped in to my creative flow that I can just sit down and switch it on and let the words come tumbling out. I see it all happening as I write it. I actually live it as I write it and I feel all of the emotions each time I re read it. All I have to do is sit down, switch on and step out of the way. My higher self does the rest, my creativity, my muse, call it what you want. I always say that I don’t actually write my books; my characters write them and I just take dictation.
Last night I was bored so I sat down and opened a blank word document and then opened my mind. An hour later I had a full plot synopsis for brand new epic space adventure novel. No pain, no tears, no agonies of writers block (what the fuck is that anyway?) and no prob laymo.
So in answer to my friend who wanted to know where I get my ideas from. The answer is, from me.
Wonderful for would-be writers to take inspiration from MERITA….. Well done you xxx
Thank you Stuart. The subject of where inspiration comes from is one that consistently crops up and yet is something so hard to answer. I hope it does help someone.
Many thanks Travis. I hope it makes sense lol