The fish

When you’re stuck in a creative rut, you will use a million ways to try and find an idea.

I found myself unable to draw recently and couldn’t bring myself to draw more flowers or fruit (don’t worry I’ll do more soon!). I took to the internet, as you do, and searched random things.

Everything from clowns to waterfalls and sausages to hairbrushes were considered, but then I had an idea that I liked the sound of. Something fairground related.

My original reason for going in this direction was the thought of bright lights in the darkness. Helter skelters with flashing bulbs all along the slide. Haunted houses with scary faces and cobwebs. Steaming hot burgers with piles of onions. There were so many ideas that i liked.

While I was scouring the internet for fairground ideas I came across a picture of a sad little fish in a bag waiting for his new home.

I instantly had a back story in my head for this little guy, and a story for his future out of the bag with a happy family.

So here he is. Based on a stock image I found with some detail changes, this is Fred the fish. He’s on his way home being carefully clutched by a 9 year old who is over the moon!

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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