I'm currently reading The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and it's already worming itself into one of my favorite books on the craft. The other, of course, is Stephen King's On Writing. I'll always recommend the latter because there's a quote in there that vindicated me years after high school and college.
I experienced a lot of people talk to me about being on something while writing because, well, that makes you more creative. I always disagreed. But I never had a quote like King's on his book:
“The idea that the creative endeavor and mind-altering substances are entwined is one of the great pop-intellectual myths of our time. ... Substance abusing writers are just substance abusers — common garden variety drunks and druggies, in other words. Any claims that the drugs and alcohol are necessary to dull a finer sensibility are just the usual self-serving bullshit. I've heard alcoholic snowplow drivers make the same claim, that they drink to still the demons.”
I've never smoked weed. I don't think it'd make me more creative at all. Maybe to some people it works, but for me, nah. And I'm not saying drinking is any better. I drink. But the last thing I want to do on the now-rare occasions I've had too much to drink is write. I'll maybe jot down a word or two but complex thoughts? Noooooope.
But back to the Flash Fiction book, recommended by my friend (and now-Pushcart nominee Hillary Leftwich) really helped me conduct my workshop a few weeks ago (thank you, Professor Painter!) and now it's really helping me brainstorm ideas for my next series of short stories.
I'll be posting a NaNo vlog and an election day/early voting vlog soon. Going to be a busy weekend!