The semester is over, and with it, our final blog entry. The creative habit at first seemed to be a little difficult. Having the motivation to do the same task every day isn’t easy to get started, but once you do, it gets pretty easy. My writing prompts went from simple taglines into fleshed out synopses, all the way to full narratives. It became much easier to write and alongside the ability to write, the abiliy to let my mind wander and create ideas.
Art by Zdzislaw Beskinski
Over the past handful of weeks, I’ve pulled from several inspirations. One of which is the dark, dreamlike artwork of Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski. His nightmarish, surreal landscapes help promote creativity and imagination and it creates a unique aesthetic for the stories I like to tell.
Alongside the art, I also listened to music.
Two bands I have discovered recently are the dark-folk band Worm Ouroboros and the ambient doom metal band SubRosa. I’ve been listening to their albums lately, and its unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. The music sounds almost other worldly, which helps me get into the mindset and create stories.
The following are brief synopses or stories I wrote. The synopses I chose are my favorite out of the handful of stories I have written.
A man is caught in a nuclear explosion and is granted immortality. As he starts to become adventurous and try new things, he slowly realizes that he can never die, and everything else will outlive him. He searches for a cure as long as he can, but eventually witnesses the end of mankind and the destruction of Earth. He travels through space endlessly and lands on dead worlds, waiting for them to be destroyed or somehow tries to find a way off. After doing this forever, the story ends with the now frail and weak man witnessing what he believes is the end of the universe.
A monstrous, world devouring wyrm drifting through space is spotted by a galactic military force. After viewing what the wyrm can do to a thriving planet in a few years, the military decide to trap it and kill it. A the wyrm races toward several capital worlds that control their sector of the galaxy. The military then sets up traps on several planets that the wyrm falls for. After many years of wounding and starving the beast, it finally dies on a dead planet as the last of its species.
A mage is lured to the fifth dimension by a strange being she believes is trying to help her. She flies through time and space at alarming speeds unsure of what’s happening around her. The being then shows her the destruction of her reality if she doesn’t stop a monster from the fifth dimension in time. Not even grasping the concept of how things work in the fifth dimension, she tries her hardest to fight the monster back. She fails at opening a portal to send the monster away, but the failed portal ends up sending the monster between dimensions in an endless sea of nothingness for all eternity. After finding she is too weak to return to her realm, the mage remains in the fifth dimension, but continues to watch over her realm as an omnipotent protector.
Writing every day, or almost every day has not only helped with my creativity, but my ideas of how to tell a story. It helps me formulate my thoughts and think of cause and effect rationally, as well as how the world actually works.