I have recently graduated from a three year coarse at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and am now at that stage of my life where I am suppose to pick a career and get a full time job to support myself financially.
I have done none of those things, don’t get me wrong I do have a job which can I can easily support myself with and my crippling need for piles of anime merchandise. But I haven’t picked a career yet, sure I’ve finished University grade study and should logically be getting a job in animation (3d) or somewhere in the information technology field.
But the sad thing is that by doing a University coarse which would most likely put me on the fast track to a creative career which is something I really want I realise that getting into the animation career is going to suck all the creativity out of me within five years. In 90% of animation jobs you are actually creating something based on someone elses creative ideas and out of those 90% over half you get no creavtive freedom at all and must follow the strict guidlines of the client.
This is where my interest in writing come in. In the distant past I’ve written a little for school and even won a few small awards but I never took it anywhere and certainly never considered it a career. I think I gained more knowledge about computer software, creative decisions and story telling then actual animation skills from my University coarse and I can put those skills to use in novel writing and my hobby at the moment which is blogging.
Currently I am working on a novel which has been a huge boast for me creatively and is very enjoyable. I think i’ll just keep my current job and work on the novel approximately 10-20hrs a week until it is complete.
The option of digital publishing has crossed my mind a few times and I think it would be an easier way for an unknown novelist to establish themselves as a writer.
So you might be thinking how anime fits into this and to be honest is very simple. When I watch anime nowadays I analyse it too much, I pull apart the story in my head and I start to imagine how the character will react if certain things were to happen. The biggest thing is that I appreciate good story telling more and despise the bad stuff. But in the case of the bad stuff I am constantly thinking of why it is bad and trying not to incorporate those elements into my own creative writing.
So the ultimate point of this, be inspired, do something creative, maybe write a novel…. Or not because it takes a really long time.