Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Crazy Things I Used to Do

I am in the finishing stages of putting together my book and thinking of creative works I have actually finished. See, once a project is completed, it has to go out in front of people who will either love it, hate it, or more likely than anything else, feel completely indifferent to it.

This is a terrifying process.

So, right before the project is finished and ready to go out in front of people, what my brain does is generate about a billion new ideas for new creative projects. "Don't finish that book," it says, "I just came up with a great idea for a musical!"

I haven't decided if this is creativity run amok or just a form of ADD. Fortunately, I have tried to leverage this ability into my creative projects.

For example, the post card novel I wrote.

Inspired by the Griffin and Sabine books, I wrote a story on the back of 102 postcards (1 introductory chapter, 100 chapters, 1 conclusion chapter) and then mailed them out.

I followed up that with a 30-chapter X-Files postcard story told on the back of X-Files post cards (which were, conveniently, sold in packs of 30). That story was about a serial killer that used postcards to slay.

The secret is to take the weakness and make it a strength. This is not a bug, it is a feature.

My current project is a book contains 26 short film screenplays. Whenever I got stuck on one, I switch to another. Of course I have a million other ideas for things that I could be doing instead.

Fortunately, if I can just focus on 26 of them, I will have the perfect sequel.

And maybe one of them will be a musical.


alex said...

A friend of mine gave me novelty alphabet book that he probably found in a dirty book store. It has unsavory drawings of mens doing unspeakable things to each other.

The drawing style is a lot like the drawings on the cover of your book. And with the camera operator there... well, you can imagine the dirty, filthy images that come to mind when I look at the cover of your book.

Shame on you.

NoRegrets said...

Alex is bored.

M. Robert Turnage said...

The cover artist is a local guy, Cal Slayton. (www.calslayton.com) I would not put it past Cal to draw something along those lines, because he does commissions.

Susan said...

I can't focus on any tasks anymore. Notice how my amount of blogging has dipped.

Courtney said...

The level of your creativity--and follow through--just amazes me. Wow.

Still need a copyeditor?

M. Robert Turnage said...

Courtney, aren't you getting married? We are at the point where I am planning on having the galleys in about two weeks. I can send one your way, if you want.