I was tired from wrestling with getting the Hacker of Guantanamo Bay ready to be sent out. Writing can be hard when you’re tired, and that novel took a lot out of me. It is a good story that I believe very strongly in, but in it are things that I find reprehensible.
I wanted to work on Absinthe and Alchemy next, I knew what I wanted to write, or so I thought I did, but every time I sat down to write, I found my mind wandering.
Realizing I needed to let my mind wander, I figured I would write surrealy. I would use almost “automatic” writing, writing what ever came to mind, letting my mind wander, not worry about if the story had form or substance. After all, André Breton advocated surrealism as a means to unleash creativity.
I was playing with words. I needed a starting place, so I created a surreal detective, loosely inspired by the existential detectives of I Heart Huckabees and Dirk Gently, holistic detective. If you can have an existential detective and a holistic detective, why not a surreal detective?
Switching to using surrealism as a means to unleash creativity worked beautifully. I even got a story out of it that I think is good fun and worth trying to publish.
Since I finished with Johnny Talon and the Goddess of Love and War, I’ve been able to make real progress on Absinthe and Alchemy, as well as write two short stories that used characters I created in Johnny Talon and the Goddess of Love and War. You can hear one of them as part of the WordCountPodcast here: http://rbwood.com/dir/index.php/2018/01/26/the-word-count-podcast-episode-72/. Surrealism cured my writer’s block.