Saturday, July 10, 2010
Observant Omnivore for Details
Writers learn to become observant omnivores. We take in stimuli with a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, scents, tastes and textures. Words arise from taste buds and fingertips that Braille the edges of life. In this way, ideas percolate and incubate awaiting a time to slip into the next word brew.
If you wish to gain the reader's attention, expressing an abstract word such as beautiful must imaginate beyond the obvious. Why and how is beautiful? Reveal it in detail like a photographer or painter.
Sense of focus and specificity intrigue. Express the opposite of beauty also to enrich the experience. Create an image that reveals a judgment. Would you include weeds that blossom and stretch themselves beyond the concrete?
Notice where metaphorical thinking connects to a secret inside not yet explored. Trace the ridges and boundaries. Delve into the center. Unfold, release, relent to your imagination.
Creative Writing. Spend a day studying a detail in nature from all your senses. See its opposites