Cable TV is my crack, and I don’t think its just me. Why you may ask? Well I have several pieces of evidence.
1. If there is cable TV in the house, I can’t stop myself from watching it. (Additive much?)
2. I will watch cable even if I’m no longer enjoying the experience. (I just can’t stop using.)
3. My internet was cheaper if I agreed to bundle it with cable. Cheaper! In what other situation will a vendor give you a product that they normally sell? You guessed it dealers. “Hey man, the first hits free, just give it a try.”
Just an observation. Now I have to go. Extreme Couponing is on…for the third time today. Do I need help?
Cable TV allows me to escape for a time into the lives and experiences of others. (I would much rather worry about their problems than my own.) I even think that ocassionally, when I don’t get sucked in for too many hours, hearing about the fictional problems of others frees my mind to write; inspiring me, distracting me from my self doubt an occasionally making me think “heck if that crap can get on TV, then my brililant ideas just need to be given a chance.”
For today’s exercise imagine what would happen if the problem of a television character became yours. Think about the main conflict that besets one your favorite television characters, and make it your own. How would your daily life chnage if you had to fight vampires, take on another spouse or you were in a coma and your invisible spirit had to witness life going on around you. (Oh Michael Shanks, why did you leave us for so long?) Spend twenty minutes imagining someone’s problems are your own. Happy writing.