Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Enforcing the lore...

Sometimes sitting down, blocking out all other distractions and writing - just getting words on the page -  is such a Herculean task I think the only feasible answer is to be locked in a room and tied down to the chair with no option but to churn out the story.
It's not such a mad idea, when you consider that incarceration spawned some of the world's greatest literature...
You've heard of the English classic The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan penned it in 1684 to keep himself occupied while doing penance in the big house for preaching without a licence. 
Prison time inspired fabled Italian public servant, Niccolo Machiavelli, to write The Prince in 1513. He dreamt up the plot while being wrongly jailed for launching a rebellion against the ruling Medici family of Florence.
And while in the slammer for being skint and unable to repay his mounting debts back in 1615, Miguel de Cervantes bided his time writing Don Quixote...which ended up being his ticket to financial freedom.
Perhaps the answer is to sentence myself to serving up a minimum number of sentences each day? That could work. Of course, a girl needs the right outfit to boot.... luckily for me prison stripes are in. 
Hold that thought. I'm off to the mall.

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