Challenging your creative mind

First of all, my apologies for not putting up my regular article a couple of weeks ago.  I had a fairly significant health scare, which put me in hospital for a few days.  I’m well on the mend now, for which thanks be to God, but it kinda disrupted things for a while.  (Its aftereffects, particularly new medications, look set fair to go on disrupting things for a few months longer, but what can you do?)

Anyway, while healing up after my procedure, I’ve been trying to find new ways to overcome the mental blocks caused by medication, fatigue, pain and other problems.  As if on cue, Nate W., a reader of my own blog, Bayou Renaissance Man, happened to send me a link to this short video clip on YouTube, in which the voice of the narrator is heard by the participants in the storyline.  Chaos ensues!  See for yourselves.  (LANGUAGE ALERT:  There are a few naughty words from time to time.)

Being an author, I found the concept very funny, but also very creative and entertaining.  I was intrigued enough to go to the Omeleto channel on YouTube, and look at their other video offerings.  They have a lot of videos to offer.  Here, for example, is one titled “1500 Words”, where a man is told he has only 1,500 words left to live.  Sounds weird, but look at it from a creativity point of view.  I’d never have thought of life measured in words, rather than units of time like hours, minutes and seconds.

So, while I’m recovering, I’m watching a number of Omeleto’s videos, trying to stretch my brain and my creative sense, to challenge myself to try new things. It’s helping me cope with the dulling, stultifying effects of some pretty heavy medication.

I highly recommend trying Omeleto’s video collection for yourself. It’s a good exercise in creativity, IMHO.  If any readers have other video collections, or other sources of creative inspiration, to share with us, please tell us about them in Comments.


  1. I wonder how many words I have been given to WRITE before the dude with the sickle comes for me. Which makes me wonder. If you only had a finite # of words to write (Say 100k), how would your writing change? Same genre? Themes? Would you feel compelled to write Literature as opposed to cozies, fan-fic, or entertaining space opera?
    The reality is we each have a fixed, finite amount. We just aren’t told what it is.

    1. If you only had a finite # of words to write (Say 100k), how would your writing change?

      I would do my very best to give it up. If I live until I write another 100K words, I’d try to make those words last at least another 60 years.Of course, sometimes a scene would show up in the shower, or I’d get a character that wouldn’t shut up, but I’d do my best to extend them as long as possible.

      The reality is we each have a fixed, finite amount. We just aren’t told what it is.

      And that, I believe, is one of life’s greatest blessings.

      1. Just because you don’t write 100K doesn’t mean you’re immortal. You’re gonna die someday. My question was more like which 100K would you choose to be your body of work, your legacy? Cozies, SF/F? Collected essays on political topics, such as the ones Sarah writes?Or Montesquieu and Locke, if you wannabe more prestigious?
        The fact is, each book we publish becomes part of our permanent body of work. Will people still be reading your stuff 500 years from now?

    2. There is only a finite number that you can write in a lifetime. That is no guarantee that slackness on your part may prevent many of them.

      Or, of course. good sense. (“Would that he had blotted a thousand!”)

  2. Medical scares suck; fortunately as you said in your post there’ve been improvements in medical technology. Lots of prayers for your health from me.

    (being able to feel what they do while you’re in surgery is indeed, very, very odd. Just glad it’s not painful.)

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