Episode S01E03: Time is Everything

In the third episode the show delves into the value of time discipline. Sounds a mite dull? Well you’re wrong. You could call it a ‘secret to being creative’ but that would be ‘clickbait’ and that makes me grit my teeth and wish to pour warm marmalade up the writer’s nose (yes, they would have to be held upside down first).

Creativity and being creative shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Did you know that 94% of comedians are 87% cleverer than fish? Yes. A lot of stuff doesn’t make sense online but Jelly Trumpet does. Why? Years of experience and a willingness to be silly every moment and for every breath on this planet.

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Stuff We’ll Hear in this Episode:

  • How the literal world means you could be drinking a Scotch Egg
  • Nigel, the drummer performs his first solo
  • We meet Henk van Mann, Professor of Liquid Creativity
  • We talk Jungian archetypes, well a little bit

And I share stuff. In this episode I experience darkness and how to avoid the pits, wells, and puddles of despair that comes from creative intent.

You Are Your Own Medicine

‘You are Your Own Medicine’ is all about keeping a journal. The journal becomes your coach.

We’re all about the use of your time for the best in this episode. If you write and you find it difficult to start then pay attention to ‘setting a time to write’. This is hardcore. I suspect not many will be able to do it. But from my experience it works if you are persistent. I am also sure it works for any creative discipline. You just have to put in the graft.

In short, in this episode:

02:18 You Are Your Own Medicine
05:03 Challenge at Home,preparation & incubation plus ‘the compost heap’
07:46 Creative Hero Time, Eddie Izzard and the art of reincorporation
10:17 Guest Spot, with Jess King, actor & teacher

Guest Spot: Jess King, actor

11:35 Earliest creative memory 
13:38 What influences you?
15:12 Documenting every audition and job
18:24 The Scowling Dusk
19:56 Which three things wouldn’t you take to a desert island?

Plus:

23:10 Challenge Jim, 10 ideas for plays featuring mice
24:30 Tot Topic, writing deadlines and self care
26:43 List of The Week, Jungian character types 
28:29 Further Thinking Spot, Bored Panda

29:26 Music from ‘We Paint Houses’, ‘Don’t Take Me Home’

31:50 Ends

 

Guest Spot – Jess King, actor

We talk to the talented Jess King. I’ve had the joy of performing on stage with Jess, she saved my bacon every night. Jess is also a teacher, singer and dancer, plus working in the movies. We have a insightful conversation about creativity for an actor. 

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Useful Stuff from This Episode:

Our guest:
Jess King, actor
Instagram: jess_king_1
Facebook: Jessica King, @jessica.king11 

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Story Wars by Jim Kinloch (Kindle only)

Conversion Detectives

We Paint Houses

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EPISODE 03 – TIME IS EVERYTHING

S/FX: JELLY TRUMPET INTRO MUSIC

WELCOME
[1 MIN]

JIM:
Welcome to Jelly Trumpet.

Making you more creative. Tips, tricks and ideas for expanding your imagination.

MR B:
Just a moment.

JIM:
What is it MR B?

MR B:
Would you like a coffee?

JIM:
Well, that would be lovely but we are trying to do a podcast.

MR B:
No coffee then?

JIM:
O’ go on and a scotch egg.

MR B:
There you go.

JIM:
That was quick.

MR B:
Timing is everything Jim.

JIM:
It is. O’ There’s a scotch egg in my coffee.

MR B:
Which you asked for.

JIM:
I did didn’t I. Ah well it’s a literal world Mr b.

MR B:
It certainly is Mr Jim…or IS IT?

A BEAT

JIM:
Welcome to Jelly Trumpet.

S/FX: DRUMMING SOUND

Making you more creative. Tips, tricks and ideas for expanding your imagination.

S/FX: DRUMMING SOUND

Ahem! What was that?

MR B:
O’ the squirrels are on the drum kit again.

JIM:
Let them do their solo then.

S/FX: DRUM SOLO

S/FX: CAT MEOWING

MR B:
Is it OK if the cat watches?

JIM:
What?

MR B:
The cat. She’s learning about creativity, when she’s awake.

JIM:
Fine.

Thank you Mr b. Today we’re in Hitchin Hertfordshire if you know Hitchin we’re just off Bedford Road overlooking the Town Hall. We’re watching the annual kitten and puppy parade. No owners though. All the pets in Hitchin are self-aware.

MR B:
Ahem!

JIM:
What Mr b?

MR B:
We’ve a show to do.

JIM:
Well, I clearly forgot.

MR B:
Should I record your brain?

JIM:
What?

MR B:
You know so I can rewind it when you forget stuff.

JIM:
What use is rewinding, wait! Yes. Record my brain and then I can rewind it back to when I had hope.

MR B:
Now then Jim we’ve talked about this before.

JIM:
Have we?

MR B:
Now then Jim we’ve talked about this before.

JIM:
Have we?

MR B:
Now then Jim we’ve talked about this before.

JIM:
I said it was OK to record my brain Mr b NOT PUT A LOOP IN IT.

MR B:
On with the show?

JIM:
On with the show.

Mr b! The button!

S/FX: THE BUTTON

S/FX: JELLY TRUMPET JINGLE

JIM:
In this episode

• You are your own medicine
• An exercise for you to try at home
• Silly, silly, silly things
• Challenge Jim
• Creative Heroes
• AND
• Our guest is Jess King, actor

S/FX: JELLLY TRUMPET JINGLE

YOU ARE YOUR OWN MEDICINE
[5 MINS]

JIM:
You are Your Own Medicine.

Which means writing down, in a diary or a journal or a note taking app what is working for you creatively. It can be a piece of music you listen to, what you did yesterday, a writing tip from a book or online tutorial.

It can be lists of things that work when writing characters.

The journal then acts as your very own creativity coach helping you improve your creative game, day after day.

You are your own medicine.

Time Discipline
Here’s something we touched on before and something that can burst you through first thoughts, which aren’t always the most creative.

If you’ve ever gone to a good acting or improv’ workshop you’ll have come across this valuable tip.

Time Limits

The teacher gives you something to do. You’re in a group and the teacher says create a tableau, you know a still picture. Something like ‘a picnic’ scene. You mosey about and form the picture.

Now you bring the time down. You have thirty seconds, you have fifteen seconds, you have ten seconds and the teacher counts…

What happens? You do weird stuff, better stuff. Why? Because you’ve cut down your thinking time and you’re just reacting.

Time Discipline can be used in other ways. We talked about it before.

If you are a writer. Set yourself a time to write. The moment that time comes you start writing and you don’t take your pen off the paper or fingers off the keyboard for ten minutes.

Try it. If you persist what you will have is set your mind to write at will.

O’ it’s not going to be easy. I found myself just writing swear words, repeating words for line after line and I found myself so angry I tore through the pages of my notebook with the pen.

It’s not for the faint hearted. Nope. You’ll have to be stubborn.

Thriller writers will build that time discipline into the plot with the classic timer ticking down on the bomb.

I believe this exercise came from one of the few worthwhile books about writer’s writing, Dorothea Brande ‘Becoming a Writer’ well worth the read if you are serious about writing.

Takeaway: How can you use time discipline in your work? Try it and let us know how you got on.

S/FX: INTERLUDE MUSIC
[3 – 5 SECS]

RIFF
[1 MIN]

JIM:
Mmmm! Coffee and egg.

MR B:
Do you like it?

JIM:
Well, the salad cream makes it look like a Latte.

MR B:
Another?

JIM:
Yes please Mr b.

MR B:
Here you go.

JIM:
That was quick.

MR B:
Today I am anticipating.

JIM:
I see. Mr b can we…

MR B:
Have a drum roll? Certainly.

S/FX: DRUM ROLL

MR B:
I believe you’re going to talk about something now?

JIM:
Yes. I am going to talk ABOUT SOMETHING!

S/FX: SQUEAKY TOY OR A.N.OTHER PHYSICAL EFFECT

CHALLENGE AT HOME
[5 MIN]

For this episode’s your challenge at home is all about

Preparation and incubation.

We’ve talked about being in the right frame of mind for ideas to come. It’s relaxation, it’s having fun, making light of ideas. Time discipline is a part of that.

You may find when you start recording your medicine the odd things that set you off, that bring the passion that lets your imagination free to solve problems or to create brand new stuff.

For me: driving often works, stepping into the shower. Not in the shower but stepping over the threshold, cooking, Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, scrolling through social media.

The brain is occupied. Going for a walk, that works for a lot of people, chilling out with friends, watching movies you love or going to new places.

That’s preparation.

Incubation
This is when you have an idea but are unsure how to proceed. You have that niggle don’t you. It’s not quite right, it doesn’t quite fit…

Two things here
William Faulkner said ‘you must kill your favourite children. Meaning a favourite idea, one you are attached to is not always the best idea. You’ll try and shoe horn it in but it sticks out like a sore thumb but YOU LOVE IT.

The second thing.

The poet and writer Natalie Goldberg suggests consigning these ‘children’ to your ‘compost heap.’

I record them. Love this idea but it doesn’t fit here. I’ll just make a note and move on…

Months, even years later that idea will flower. It’s happened to me quite a lot. I go to write something and BANG that darling child romps in and gets into the project.

I once went on a writing retreat at the Arvon Foundation, well worth checking out. I had an idea about a time travelling hotel as a sitcom. I wrote it with three brothers. I forced the characters into the format. It was rubbish.

Years later. I decide to have some fun and write some short stories. Hotel Landing cropped up and I went with the first idea that popped into my head. Two daughters, a mother and a cook called Lloyd.

So, thank you compost heap.

O’ and you can get the Hotel Landing story as part of ‘Story Wars’ a short story for Kindle on Amazon only.

Takeaway: Throw ideas that don’t fit on your compost heap. They will grow into something worthwhile.

RIFF
[1 MIN]

JIM:
What if we could create our own creative algorithm?

Well we do. We’re the sum of what we do…

MR B:
More egg Jim?

JIM:
No thank you Mr b.

MR B:
Pork pie?

JIM:
No thank you Mr b. I’m full of scotch egg, crisps and kebab.

MR B:
So, to sum up you’re a picnic.

JIM:
Erm. Yes. Mr b. I’m a picnic.

CREATIVE HEROS
[3 MINS]

S/FX” JELLY TRUMPET JINGLE/MUSIC

JIM:
In this episode Eddie Izzard and the art of reincorporation.

The first time I say Eddie Izzard live was at the St Albans Arena.

He did this really long set. I’d only seen him on telly or on DVD. Loved everything he did especially Pavolv’s cats and the petrol station and a queue of murderers.

Anyway, he did the first part of his show and there was an intermission. It was funny but nothing extra special.

He comes back on after the intermission and he is utterly brilliant. That’s Eddie, surreal, word orientated and a touch of mime.

Why was he so funny in the second half? Reincorporation. Strange word, a long word but it is showering the audience with his world and then bringing that world to fruition.

It’s repetition too. La kokoricha, Look him up and listen to the way he plants words or ideas early in the set and then they pay off. He’s made you familiar with an odd word la kokoricha or Caesar the dog food, the dog food is then a Roman emperor with the voice of James Mason.

I’m not sure he’s even aware he’s doing it. Perhaps he is or is it just how his mind works.

Anyway, check out ‘Dress to Kill’.

Eddie Izzard
Edward John Izzard, he moved around a lot when young and lost his mum when he was six. John Cleese once described him as ‘the lost Python.’

Love you Eddie

S/FX: COMING UP JINGLE/MUSIC

COMING UP

JIM:
• Our guest, Xxxx Xxxx of …
• Challenge Jim, Mr b will issue me a challenge
• A Matter of Concern
• Some compassion
• Stuff I’ve Done
• List of the week

Sponsored by Conversion Detectives, the really creative digital marketing agency

RIFF
[1 MIN]

JIM:
Time for a musical mashup. What’s it to be Mr b?

MR B:
This is x done in the style of y.

S/FX: MUSIC CHOSEN BY MR B

GUEST SPOT
[10 MIN]

JIM:
Welcome to Xxxxx.

Xxxx is…

Thank you Xxxxx for sharing your imagination.

RIFF
[1 MIN]

JIM:
If the god of advertising came to me and asked me to advertise a jolly nice Australian red. What I would do is feature lots of people with their feet up and rubbing their socked covered feet together.

I’d call it the wine rub. Anyone can join.

MR B:
That’s a bit rubbish Jim.

JIM:
O’ well, not everything works MR B, a bit like Northern Rail.

CHALLENGE JIM
[1 MIN]

S/FX: CHALLENGE JIM JINGLE/MUSIC

MR B:
Jim. Your challenge this episode is to generate ten ideas for a play about mice.

You have seventy seconds.

AS JIM STRUGGLES WITH THIS TASK MR B COUNTS DOWN AT RANDOM

A MATTER OF CONCERN
[2 MIN]

JIM:
Storytelling and marketing.

Wait a minute! Mr b, the wine rub is a bloody good idea. It is! That’s very rude Mr b.

Anyway,

I’m in marketing, digital marketing and I tell stories. I’ve done it for clients. Every business has a story.

Things become on trend very easily in marketing online. Storytelling is one of them.

I saw a tweet from a marketing guy I have the greatest respect for. In which he stated that storytelling was easy as there were only seven plots.

I laughed at that one. AI? Is that going to take over? Will storytellers or poets be hunted to extinction?

Listen to this:

amazing, isn’t it?

so, what is it?

it hurts, isn’t it?

why would you do that?

That is courtesy of a Google Bot tasked to write poems.

Long way to go isn’t it?

It’s like this mate. Storytelling is an art made by people. Machine learning will get there one day and that will be a sad day.

So, be creative like a human. Don’t be a bot.

If you want more of my views on storytelling visit the conversiondetectives.com blog and search storytelling.

Mr b. A musical burst if you please.

RIFF
[.5 MIN]

S/FX: FUN BIT OF MUSIC FROM MR B

INTERLUDE WITH JASMINE
[1 MIN]

JIM:
Now our creative interlude spot with Jasmine d’ Bomb. A ‘creative life, happy life’ Action coach guru, disruptor, maverick, catalyst, [YAWNS], evangelist and Rockstar.

Over to you Jasmine.

[PUTS ON DEEP VOICE]
Compassion. Is a part of all of us. For creatives it’s very important.

I sit in front of a computer. To my left is a window. Each day a party of kids, disabled ones walks up to the shop. They each have a helper. Some are in chairs, some using canes, some need their hands held.

Each time I see them. I stop and I talk out loud to them. “Are you having a good day?” “How’s it going?” “You OK.”

Not sure why I do this but my whole body smiles seeing them. They are like you and me and they are looked after and happy.

Look after yourself and enjoy looking after others.

STUFF I’VE DONE
[3 MIN]

JIM:
If you are a creative type there are going to be competitions you can enter. That’s great because you have a deadline. Work doesn’t meander from month to month.

Organising your work is also a skill to learn. If you have a deadline then you know how much you have to create each day.

But you can do that anyway. I work Monday to Friday on my client’s business. Everything from email sends to SEO and analytics. Saturday comes and I write. O’ I have a lie in but I’m using working by 9:30.

I don’t set myself targets in terms of words or pages but in time. So, I write for an hour and take a break, then another hour etc.

If I work for over three hours I feel OK. If I get to five I’m ecstatic.

Due to too much work during the week I have had to take Saturdays off sometimes. I just have that feeling, the feeling of, I can’t face writing.

If I force myself the resistance grows and I spiral down into a low mood.

The only time I’ve broken this was for a writing competition deadline. There I was on the sofa, on a Saturday, in my pj’s desperately trying to achieve the page count.

I did it. How did I feel? I felt I’d achieved nothing but darkness. I’d written rubbish. I was even more tired and wanting to give up all forms of creativity.

If you push too hard you may enter the darkness.

Please don’t do it. Rest when your body and mind want to. It’s not lazy. You’ll come back refreshed, stronger and with ideas to hone.

Self care, never lose sight of that.

RIFF
[1 MIN]

S/FX: PHONE RINGING

JIM:
Go ahead caller.

HENK VAN MANN:
Is that Jim?

JIM:
Yes it is.

HENK:
It’s Henk Jim! Remember? Professor of Liquid Creativity at the University of Groningen.

JIM:
Didn’t you call in the last episode and the episode before that?

HENK:
That is correct.

JIM:
Why are you calling again?

HENK:
I have a quote about creativity just for you Jim.

JIM:
Go on.

HENK:
The more marshmallows in your mouth, the less on the plate and you cannot speak of it.

JIM:
Thank you Henk.

S’FX: PHONE CUTTING OFF

JIM:
(cont.) O’. Seems we’ve lost Henk. I’ve another spot for those marshmallows.

LIST OF THE WEEK
[1 MIN]

S/FX: LIST OF THE WEEK JINGLE/MUSIC

JIM:
I love lists. This episode! Jungian Archetypes.

Stay with me people! I quote ‘Carl Jung understood archetypes as universal, archaic patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct.’

Whoa!

What does that mean? Character types that repeat in the arts.

Actually there’s a better list from ‘The Hero’s Journey’ by Joseph Campbell. We have eight types that appear often in a work:

Hero – The central character, think Mulan or Harry Potter
Mentor – Advises and guides, Mr Miyagi, Karate Kid
Ally – Samwise Gamgee, easy one
Herald – Announces a need for change, R2D2 from Star Wars
Trickster – fun and laughs, Donkey in Shrek does this well
Shapeshifter – Moves between ally and enemy, GIlderoy Lockhart, Harry Potter
Guardian – like a mini boss you need to pass to next level, Whomping Willow, Harry Potter
Shadow – The villain, Good old Darth Vader

There you are. You now know all the characters of all the books and movies in the world.

OK. Being a bit silly here. Just have a run through of your favourite works and see how many you can spot.

S/FX: OUTRO JINGLE

OUTRO
[1 MIN]

JIM:
Further thinking spot
Bored Panda.

You heard me right. The site was created by a Lithuanian student who wanted to produce upbeat and heartwarming stories.

Why check it out?

Well, you’re going to learn how to write a headline and what people like to read.

Why not see if you can take an entry and turn it into a piece of work? Could be fun.

S/FX: MUSIC TO PLAY UNDER THIS

Join us in further episodes and:

• Be more creative
• Pick up tips and tricks you can put into play instantly
• Try exercises to boost your imagination
• Listen to creative guests
• And a whole lot of what we can ‘fun’

Thank you for listening
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Email us jelly@jellytrumpet.com

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That was Jelly Trumpet ‘Making you more creative’ with Jim Kinloch and Mr b

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Now here’s MR B playing us Xxxxx by ‘We Paint Houses’ Find them on Facebook.

MUSIC
[1.5 MINS]
We Paint House

FADE IN

JIM:
I wonder what he’s doing now?

MR B:
Who?

JIM:
Ed Sheeran.

MR B:
Ed Sheeran?

JIM:
Yes. Wait. No I meant the other one.

MR B:
Who is?

JIM:
Banksy.

MR B:
Now I understand.

JIM:
You do?

MR B:
No.

JIM:
O’.

MR B:
I don’t think anyone will ever understand you fully Jim.

JIM:
Not even Banksy.

MR B:
He might.

JIM:
Really?

MR B:
Yes if he was hypnotised.

JIM:
That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever imagined for me.

MR B:
You’re welcome Mr Jim.

FIN

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