Thought… or Lack of It

Erm… what to write, what to write… Don’t you hate those days where you are ready to start writing up a paper but the moment your fingers stroke the keyboard nothing comes to mind? When you spent the whole day sorting out your feelings for the subject only to be denied it by your subconscious? A variety subjects have the same problem. An artist, for example, sits down to paint and finds her canvas blank after hours of recollection. How do we stop this wall from sheltering our own thoughts from us? How do you begin? Dynamite. Or for those who aren’t allowed explosives, hammers work too. Walls usually fall to these tactics. Mental brick walls need something just as affective. I recommend quotes, song and conversations with friends.

Here is one example of the three:

“You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, when you meet them you think, ‘Not bad. They’re okay.’ And then you get to know them and… and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personalities written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful… Rory is the most beautiful man I have ever met”

-Amy Pond, Doctor Who S06E010

Huge quote I know but some things work perfectly. Now what do you do? Now that you’ve found something to base your thoughts it’s time to investigate it. The main theme I got from the above quote is to: not to judge a book by its cover, that everything is not what it seems, mysterious, and who are things/people really? BAM! We found our thesis! If you combine these supposedly insignificant insights you can find something to base your paper on. But, since I’m mostly a fiction writer this thesis would help define a scene in the story than be the main topic. Thesis are essential in all forms of writing, and can help prevent writer’s cramp.

Thoughts are a peculiar thing. The more you think about it the more you tend to forget. But it you combine outside information with your topic, the easier it will be to write it down quickly and demolish that mental wall.

Senses

Inspecting the world around me, I notice the smallest of things. The contrast of cream colored letters on a jet black keyboard and a brilliant copper coin laying against the top of a mellowed brown desk top. These vibrant colors entice me if I care to give them a glance. Reaching out to feel the articles, my fingers run over smooth, frequently used surfaces. Coldness seeps into my bones as my heat flees into the objects I hold. Can you feel it? The small grooves of the penny in my hand? The subtle rises and falls of each line form the image of Abraham Lincoln on the front of the coin.Sadly, we spend so much time staring at our world that we forget how magnificent everything really is and then we lose our appreciation of it. Such as our eyes. They are complex objects that allow us to see. We pick up fine details every second of every day  and then the information we gather is directed to our brains to sort out. There is where I suppose we discard the details as something ordinary and dull.Through my eyes, ears, mouth, hands I can help you feel the world around you as you inhale words on pages that flutter by. Reading a book is like being  blind and deaf. You can’t tell what’s going on except that the world is moving around you. Until you are told, one way or another, every detail around you, you don’t realize the beauty you could behold.

Musicians know the concept that I am trying to explain. They produce music with such rhythm and beat that they can’t help but prick feeling within you. Adam Young, author of the band Owl City, creates flows of music that gently push your feelings this way and that. By manipulating you through song and lyrics, you feel what he is portraying. Through writing you can do the same if you add details that will blow your reader away.

Don’t be afraid to describe. The longer the description the better the book. It depends on the situation and who the reader is. Description is needed, don’t forget that. Let go of your description juices onto your paper and write away. Convey the feelings you mean to give and your reader will soak it in and imagine what is happening. “There is more to this great adventure than you will ever believe” (To the Sky, Owl City). Let your reader be involved with your adventure with the description you give.

Old Words Long Forgotten

Words flitter though my mind
Ruminating the one I miss.
The pain
Flares within my bosom
To be stroked by the sight of him
Aware that his wish to be with me has gone.
Still
He clouds my mind.
Pricking my ever probing eyes
With glass daggers.
Colleague, Friend
A creature whom to look up to.
Obscure assassin have stolen him
Enticing him to complete obeisance.
The battle for him is over
My rival has won.
Flooded with feeling
Lacking a scheme
I scrounge my mind for something of use.
For lost is he from me.
Wait do I
Looking for a sign.
Tension bites
My smarting muscles.
Waiting for him.
Missing him.
Lost.
Alone.
Forgotten.

Originally written in 2009

Creating Characters

The most exciting thing about a story is the people within them. Their thoughts, words and actions lead us around a portion of their lives. Without them, our words would be concentrated on the thoughts, personifications and descriptions of scenery and creatures. Characters can provide a sense of excitement if they are well thought out. In order for a character to become real to the reader they need to be formed, tested and practiced.When first forming a character, or brainchild, there are many different ways on how to start. Such as physical features, name, background information or personality. A preferred way is to start with their physical features or name but it really depends on who you are and what adventure they are meant for. When constructing their physical features most writers begin with the face. DO NOT MAKE THEM INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS OR UGLY. Good or awful looks are determined by other’s opinions. Leave room for doubt. Within your text you can suggest to the reader through other characters point of view that they are lovely or unattractive beyond description but to say straight out that they are in the extremes of the attractiveness range isn’t very descriptive. It is suggested to have an artist, such as yourself or another, to draw up your brainchild. This allows you to see with your eyes what you imagine within your head. Their image doesn’t fade away easily or change on the paper unless you decide that they aren’t the person whom you wish to have your audience see. Don’t think of your character only as a subject on a page, let them become your friend.Placing a brainchild within a scenario to see how they will unfold is a delicate procedure. When you draw them up in ink or pen you want to try to keep them the same person you originally made them out to be. With time they can change and morph into a version of you instead. Depending on their personality this can be a good or bad thing. When they change into a version of yourself they become easier to write and don’t conflict with your own views quite as much. They become easier to cope with and you have a better view of their mind set. The danger of this is the laziness that can be produced. You become so use to writing them that you forget who they are and start typing up what you would do instead. You want to be close to your character so that you know them inside and out but not close enough that they simply disappear out of existence.

Sailing

Have you ever dreamed of a pirate ship from the 1800s that could sail majestically through the skies? Or how about through the hot deserty sands of the Middle East? Can you imagine the cold wind fly into your face, her long winding fingers peeling back your hair, brushing your clothes and pinching your bare arms? Are the smells, of both good and horrific clogging up your nose, just begging to be let in first? Do you hear the familiar sounds of a crew chattering away, calling our orders and doing their daily chores? Close your eyes and allow yourself to be swept away by the excitement as your imagination lifts you to a place of wonder.Dear fellow Readers & Writers,You have successfully found this site. For this I congratulate you. This is a place of thought, words and helpful hints for all of you who wish to learn to find and produce wonderful hand-writings. I would enjoy if you place comments on all posts to increase the enjoyment of you on this site.

From a writer,

Sashley