Writing and Storytelling

Hey, what’s the idea?

I’m an ideas person. Ask basically anyone — they’ll vouch for me. I’m constantly coming up with ideas for stories to write, businesses to open, improvements to my community, solutions for social issues. The ideas aren’t always practical, but they are ideas none-the-less. I’m a huge proponent of brainstorming, and am constantly looking for feedback on any ideas that I put out there into the ether (usually via my Facebook profile).

I suppose that’s how I became so interested in writing. When you’re a writer, you can turn your ideas into stories, poems, songs, essays, scripts — whatever. You can be as outlandish as you want. Anything goes when you’re a writer. Best of all, you get to decide how it all turns out. Magnifique!

LitBulbs was always supposed to be about ideas. When I first came up with the name LitBulbs, it was the perfect double entendre. It could mean lit bulbs with lit being short for “literature” or it could mean lit bulbs meaning “good ideas”.

I created a YouTube account to share my ideas with the world. I started out focusing on literature, because as a professional writer and editor, I spend a large amount of my time thinking about that. I put out quite a few videos about literature before realizing that I had lost my way.

Observe the following example from my YouTube account. There’s nothing wrong with the video or the information, but it has nothing to do with ideas either.

By focusing too much on literature, I forgot about the other half of the equation: ideas.

My literature has always been about ideas. Even when I’m a story about fictional people and their relationships with each other, as a literary fiction writer, I’m always discussing issues too. My stories explore such themes as religion, women’s issues, parenting, poverty, mental health, politics and more. When I’m writing a story, it’s never just a story. It’s about the human condition. Even the fantasy novel I began writing (and haven’t finished…yet) had allegorical connections to real life and society.

In all my talk about literature, I failed to talk about my favourite part of literature — themes. That, in my opinion, is what gives real depth to a work of literature. All my favourite books by my favourite authors discuss ideas. They look for solutions to world issues. Or, at the very least, they explore the human condition for one central character, which usually has farther reaching consequences for others in similar situations.

And so I’m going to make LitBulbs about what it was always meant to be about: ideas. Will I still talk about literature? Absolutely. It is a passion of mine and I can’t avoid it if I tried. But when I do talk about literature, I’ll likely focus on literary fiction, nonfiction, and themes.

How am I going to do this? Well, I haven’t decided that yet. I supposed I’ll have to come up with a really good idea.

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