How was your weekend? Mine was pretty much the usual–comics, crosswords, what-have-ya.
Today is Columbus Day in America, which is about, well, Columbus. I didn’t know Columbus Day was celebrated in other countries like Latin America and Italy (I’m thinking it’s mainly because Columbus was Italian–I really don’t know). I think they celebrate it on October 12th though.
For any Canadians reading this, Happy Thanksgiving. For those of you in Australia, I couldn’t find anything really close to today (except for Labour Day/Queen’s Birthday, back on the 3rd).
Which leads me to this post’s title. Apparently, there are certain holidays in Australia that are only celebrated by certain parts of the country–like celebrating the Queen’s Birthday only in Queensland or having Labour Day only in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia. Because I’m an American, there are certain cultures I don’t know a heck of a lot about (including Australia’s and to a lesser extent, Canada’s).
I’ve been ignorant of Australians doing these things, and they’ve been humming along for probably hundreds of years.
What’s my point?
Different cultures and what-have-ya are great to study from a fiction writer’s and copywriter’s perspective because it’s interesting to open your mind to understanding something the way somebody else does. Something that is a part of someone’s everyday life and boring to them could be fascinating to someone “on the outside.”
(And it’s great for world-building if you write science fiction and/or fantasy stories).
During the last installment of Triple F, I mentioned that I was going to get another book out. This one is a nonfiction book called The Writer’s Key: 50 Prompts and Other Strategies to Jumpstart Your Fiction.
I’m planning on doing a one-day promo tomorrow (Tuesday, October 11th) to offer it for free. If you’re a fiction writer who has trouble coming up with ideas, or maybe a poet or a copywriter looking to stretch your creative muscles (and hopefully have a chuckle or two), be sure to pick it up.
Anyway, whether you’re off for Columbus Day or not, thanks for spending a few minutes here.
And if you do get stuck on a piece of a sketch or part of a setting, see if thinking about or researching other cultures doesn’t help straighten out your block and weave it seamlessly into your story or copy.
Until next time,