I could of course use real events from real life, but that is a little boring; people don’t tend to act like characters of fiction –they act more absurd in real life.
Because of my weariness of using my imagination, I sometime get kicks out of writing stories people want me to write to. They give me ideas (like “could you write about a woman who can’t have a child” or “why don’t you ever write about a woman who beats up her husband” or “I would like to read a story about paedophilia, could you come up with something”) and I’ll write.
Someone could consider writing like that restricted and too controlled (hey, where is the freedom of the writer!); I just find it easy because I used to write by order for years. The chief editor of the magazine I used to write to for many, many years ago, gave me a list of titles she wanted me to write of and so I did. During those years, I learned to write about everything possible and what’s more important: about all the impossible.
Moreover, what’s funny, I didn’t find it difficult at all. It was, on the contrary, very liberating not to have to have a serious statement of your own. You know, very many people expect writers to have something serious to say!
A given item leaves me enough space to express myself and I know where the limits are –writing “on my own” sometimes leads me to areas from where I cannot find back and it’s frustrating. To feel yourself utterly lost and not able to tie all the ends of the ropes. Disaster!
Maybe it’s laziness, maybe it’s a lack of an imaginative mind, a shortage of creative ideas? Maybe it’s that I don’t feel writing is a sombre thing to do and I don’t have to take myself or writing so seriously?
Don’t know. Don't actually care.
Well, I started to think these things while writing a story. In my Finnish blog of fiction, I asked the readers to give me sentences to start stories with. I got plenty of sentences and it has been fun to write these stories. Now I’ve soon used all the given sentences and I think I must ask for new words that’ll end a story. It’s going to be interesting and it helps me to rest my mind while not having to invent stories of my own.