Thread: The Apprenticeship of a Writer
For example, the infamous incident where I got so completely hammered that I woke up the next morning in a hospital. only to discover that I'd fallen off a cliff the night before turned out to be the funniest idea ever, so I have a character in one of my stories who can never remember anything he's done, he doesn't drink, but he has no idea why there's blood dripping out of his head, or he's limping or whatever. And he'll deny it if you ask him about it.
Anyhow, I don't recommend trying this method to anyone else, but the best writing comes from hard times doesn't it?
In a way, I actually feel strange being labelled as a writer though. In my eyes I'm actually a scientist, and I was always taught (by someone who was very blinkered) that the two did not mix (maybe it just means that I'm a very poor scientist). It does give me two very separate lives, however.
For example, the infamous incident where I got so completely hammered that I woke up the next morning in a hospital. only to discover that I'd fallen off a cliff the night before
Anyway, we went in through this service door and were wondering about through some deserted corridors when we heard some people coming towards us. In panic, I ran away the way I had come from while my mate jumped out of an open window. To cut a long story short, I found him a little later on his hands and knees crawling away with a pair of sprained ankles. It turned out that though we hadn't gone up any stairs, we'd actually gone up several wheelchair ramps and were no longer on the ground floor when he'd made his leap for freedom.
Worse, because he daren't go back to the hospital in case they recognised him, he dragged himself around for over a week before he realised he wasn't going to get better on his own.
Now I should tell my own story but I am rather tired today so I decided to stop right now... Perhaps I'll write it another day!