Dear Saul,

You can’t say that you’ve run out of ideas. You can never say you’ve run out of ideas. At least if you consider yourself to be on the unfortunate trail that is writer’s block. But if you can see it, you can get a sliver of inspiration from it. Maybe not the ancient Greek idea of inspiration, where you work yourself into a creative fervor enough to make the gods take a quick peek to make sure you’re alright, but enough to come up with something new.

As a writer, artist, musician, filmmaker, as a content creator, you can get inspiration from pretty much anything, but I take a lot of it from (surprisingly) school, and its subjects. At last, the education system produces something of value.

I’m kidding.

I think.

The reason I take inspiration from school is for 2 reasons:

1) The experiences you have at school, whether good or bad, will stay with you forever. You never forget your best mate, your worst enemy, your most hated bully. You remember the fun teachers, the arseholes, the ones that looked like a – insert animal here –. And above all, if you went to a school with really bad food, you will NEVER forget it. I’m sure Mark Twain wrote under the inspiration of his high school’s greasy taco Tuesdays.

But whether or not you liked school is irrelevant. You can draw upon these memories, the emotion of it all in the blink of an eye. in two, you can recall even the tiniest details. If you can’t, those abstract fragments are just as useful. This translates especially well with music or writing, two mediums which require the listener/reader to easily access the feelings of the creator to get an overall sound image in their head.

Heh, music, sound image. Geddit? No? Okay so…

2) While maybe not entirely to do with school, the subjects there may pique your interest. You may decide you really enjoy science classes, and browse around YouTube, to find this:

As you can see, someone’s written a story about this, but the possibilities of a starship Earth-terprise is endless. And that’s just one scientific concept in one school subject. They ma not teach this stuff directly, but if you dig for it, then he gold starts to shine.

And school is just one thing to take inspiration from. With even the tiniest bit of skill, you can take Michelangelo’s David from the ruins of a demolition site.

So don’t complain about no ideas, and get to writing, chief.

Warm wishes,

-Fiachra

P.S: No April’s fools for ye all. It’s the Joker’s day off don’t you know. There’s 364 perfectly good days out there. I’ve got time. Muahahahahahahahaaaaa…

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