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.
How do you see into a rose for beautiful and express its qualities?  Do the ridges appear like fans or curtains and then what? Where is the scent?   Does the sound of dew hitting the rose ping or pop or snuggle amidst the petals?

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
What is the story waiting to unfold?

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