Lying in bed this morning, bemoaning my lack of inspiration to myself, I actually came up with an idea! During the week, I tend not to write very much as my head is full of work; it takes me a few hours of non-work time to "come down" from the all the things buzzing round my head during the day. Often the first day of the weekend is spent in a stupor, facebooking, reading, watching dvd's. By the end of that day I am at least thinking about trying to write, and about what I would like to try out - realistic characters seem to evade me.
And Lo! on the second day, especially after the longed for lie-in, my brain finally managed to link the two topics - as I made the logical leap from "write about what you know," through to "but I only know about work?" I have been working in factory and office environments for a bit over fifteen years, so I should be able to come up with a few composite character sketches of people in a work environment. I want to do something that both describes a person but also illustrates that persons character through an incident/piece of action.
I aim to publish one character sketch per day for the following week, a target for myself which is a bit of a stretch - I have two written this morning, have a reasonable idea for another, and a fourth is only a name. I'll be posting the characters here and on http://sixsentences.ning.com/ and I hope to do something different temporarily with the voting boxes to get some feedback on the characters!
Looking forward to it, mostly!