If you haven’t read the story itself, you can do it by clicking here.
I have been taught at university that every (art)work we create, let it be writing, music, painting, or sculpting or anything else, reflects our souls, deepest fears and desires even those, which we may not be aware of. Concerning this, I don’t intend to analyse the story this deeply as I think it is quite understandable. In this post, I would like to write about the inspiration and discoveries I made after I wrote Purple.
Today, in the age of technology where everyone has smartphones I’m sure most of you would recognise this game:
(Yes, this game is Pou and again, yes it’s a pig with it.) Though, I’m not really keen on these modern gadgets, I have a smartphone but one of the dumbest ones (and I’m sure it hates me, really). So, whenever I had to wait for a longer time, e.g at the doctor or for the bus, I played this game and I thought it would be more interesting if they would finally reach a place on the other side of one of the hills. This is where the idea of villages came from. The other directions of the Crossroads appeared in my mind unintentionally, one after the other.
The pig itself, though it cannot be seen on the photo above, is purple, and that is the thing that makes the story fantasy or fairy tale. To be honest, I don’t know why I coloured it purple because actually, I don’t really like that colour. Or at least I didn’t, now I’m not sure. But for some reason, I stuck to the purple pig being the catalyst in the story and I had no idea why. Just imagine, if it was a horse for example, that would be no fantasy but a mere horror.
So, after I wrote the story, I made a little research and found that the colour purple actually represents enlightenment, power, ambition, also mystery, magic, independence and wisdom, and several similar stuff. While pigs, usually represent virility and fertility. So, I realised that is why it comes from Own Town where people are independent and magical and possess a great amount of knowledge and also that is why it always escapes, going on its own way. Thus, thinking about it more, I figured that the purple pig actually represents fate, that cannot be controlled (at least not easily) and sometimes hits us without any advance warning.
So basically, inspiration is a very mysterious thing, it usually comes from nowhere or strange situations (like in my case with this very uhm…lol game) and you can decide if you ignore it, or grab it and create something unique that comes from your very soul.