Friday, January 3, 2014

What’s Your Why?

Why does action-thriller writer David Morrell write?

Well, he claims he’s got an “inner ferret.”

Apparently this weaselly thing gnaws at his organs...

And unless Mr. Morrell cares to lose a spleen, liver, or some such, he must write to make it stop.


Well, I am happy to report that I do not have an inner ferret (or outer ferret either, for that matter).

But I do have a flock of birds.

Every morning I can feel their wings beating against my little cage of rib.

On some days it’s a murder of crows…

or lamentation of swans.

Most of the time, I’m pretty sure it’s a lubberly parcel of penguins.

But the make or model never really matters, because the directive is always the same —

Take up a pen or paintbrush.

Pick the lock.

Set them free.

PROMPT: Why do you create? What inner animal moves your muse? Grizzly? Platypus? Um…termite?

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