I’ve always maintained that to be a great author, you must be a vigilant observer; not the creepy kind (probably best not to loiter around children parks).
If you’re anything like me, you spend more time talking to yourself to your inner-voice than you do with others. You’re silent, and tend to reflect; people often view you as aloof and largely present on another planet entirely.
Need not worry, because it’s a blessing not a curse.
Inner-reflection is how we grow, not through gossip and being a smart-ass.
Some people love their own voice, I value my inner-voice a lot more.
I also realised some time ago, that in order to take benefit from my inner-voice and those endless monologues; I’d have to start writing them down.
In my trusty, Journalist Flip-Phone style notebook.
One that always stays with me at all times, people often confuse it for a pocket-sized tablet.
Working in the world of academia, you’re never short of smart people who love their own voice; it’s also my fuel for the next story.
I’ll listen, some times I’ll even nod and smile, as they converse and argue the broader aspects of life.
Whilst, I’ll notice how Person A is only saying all this bullshit to get Person B to get to sleep with them.
Which is none of my business, who am I to judge — but it sure makes for damn good story!
Person A goes about life pretending how smart he is, in hopes that someday Person B might finally throw Person A a pity lay.
In the background, I’ll be working on a satire about how a college Professor pursues an idea which they do not believe in and realise how they can’t remember what their identity once stood for.
Well anyways, so what’s the fucking point here?
Listen to you inner-voice!
It’s your ammunition for great stories, write them down, no matter where or how — if it’s in a flip-phone style notebook or a flip-phone style flip-phone.
Just write them down, no matter how articulate it is — just jot it down.
Slowly, you would’ve built an arsenal of ideas — you can flip through them, even merge certain reflection, and turn into a great god-damn story!