I’ve been working on a number of different creative things in the past few days –
- writing poetry
- turning my novels over in my mind
- starting a short story
- how to depict myself in a comic strip.
It struck me this morning that these are not all separate projects at all: these are all part of a larger work, and feed into each other. A larger, modular work. I’m creating the Ikea of creativity…or stories or something. If that makes sense.
I have no idea why it took me so long to realise this.
I have no idea how I didn’t realise before that I think in collage.
I’m always finding or making connections between disparate materials or scraps of information.
An ad on TV, a panel from a graphic novel, a topic to write for a client’s blog posts, a scene from my novel…the shape of the trees outside my window, someone’s photographs on tumblr, a piece of quantum mechanic theory, the shape of computer code with the visuals all stripped away. My mind moves at a billion miles a minute but that’s how it is and I’ve just realised that I should embrace this fact.
These constant connections and ways of making and of being make me and my work who I am and what it is.
And maybe that’s a great thing.
So, the connections I made this morning that are electrifying my brain into different runnels of creativity right now are:
Scott McCloud: The visual magic of comics
Charles Babbage ==> The Difference Engine ===>
John Berger’s Ways of Seeing ===>
(a board on Pinterest that I’ve created that will be added to; kind of a collage of how I’m coming to see how to depict myself in comicbooks and how to shape characters in textual fiction)
(and other work) by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey
– kind of like the old-school RPG books we read as kids except digital
Howl by American poet Allen Ginsberg
(and this random illustration. I prefer to close my eyes and listen to different readings of it)
The Pablo Bird –
a poem by Pablo Neruda, visualised by me in Adobe Illustrator
=====> AND THEN ======>
The beautiful artwork of French comicbook artist Bengal
Rinse and repeat.
How are these things connected? I have no idea. But they are. They all are. All of these things are spawning brain explosions and poetry and re-drafting and ways of seeing reality and biology.