When I was in grade 5 or 6 we were taught how to brainstorm. At the time I thought it was a great way to waste time. After all, we were told any idea we had was a good one. Just be as weird as possible and you’ve done your due diligence. Brainstorming was one of those things that was great fun in school but not really practical in the real world.
The past few days I haven’t been putting much down on paper. Instead I’ve been working through ideas for my ninth Rembrandt parable. I had one of those moments in life when I realized that school was more applicable that originally thought. I tried to remember how to brainstorm. It’s far easier to think creatively before you’ve been forced into the parameters of conformity.
That’s pretty much been my writing experience the past couple of weeks. Sitting with a pen and paper, coming up with comic ideas, struggling against well known clichés in the hopes of building another parable. It’s coming along slowly, but very slowly indeed.