Sep
07

Story Sparks!

A first kiss in a park, so many years ago…

Memories are infinite and some we don’t share. Others?may?be transient or we think gone. Until a prompt restores them and they return vividly ? kindly, harshly, surprisingly, horrifyingly, romantically. Not necessarily for real or true ? after all they were so long ago.

P1020554 Simmone Howell Workshop Chris BellCreativity of thought can come spasmodically or constantly to creatives.?Often?a whiff, a sniff, a song, a colour, a hint of weather and we?re off ? into imagination.?Other times we fear the launchpad of those smells, sounds, vivid recalls will never return.

P1020564 Simmone HowellUnless? inspired by a gathering of like minds at SCBWI Vic?s Creativity Workshop and author/facilitator Simmone Howell. Simmone opened a floodgate of memories for me. Particularly in our final session on childhood memory. Not an illustrator, by any stretch, I created a visual map of my childhood ? the Saturday afternoon Mr Whippy treats, the make-believe of two sisters creating older personas and the?long forgotten Jenny Bigger. An epic James Bond drive-in fest accompanying a dad who had no son as yet to share such masculine?movies. (Loved them!) An illicit ciggie in the park, playing truant from Sunday Mass. Sandy sandwiches and a back sticking to the sweaty seat of a station wagon, counting the colours of?cars on the way to Chelsea beach.?There seemed more colours back then.

P1020558 Simmone Howell ParticipantsMost importantly I found a way into an upcoming scene and tricky turning point in my new YA novel, as well as an enjoyable and inspiring gathering of like-minds and creators in SCBWI. Who said writing/illustrating is a solitary occupation? It can be positively inspirational in a room crowded with?like-minds and scintillating?story sparks.

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Leisl Leighton

It’s wonderful when you get inspired like that, isn’t it? That’s why having writing groups and going to writing workshops are so important – helps to fill the well. I look forward to hearing about it all, Chris.

September 8, 2015 at 9:15 am

Corinne Fenton

Sounds like it was a great session, Chris.

September 12, 2015 at 8:22 am

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