writing

How to let your characters write for you

Someone once told me that in the culture of the ancient Greeks, creativity was viewed as an outside force that comes to an individual.

Something about that statement brought a flood of emotions through me. Never before had I heard of the creative process described in such a manner- but I knew with absolute sureness that this was how I viewed my creativity as well.

In this day and age, it seems to me that we want to control our lives and our surroundings. Now this isn’t the case with everyone and every scenario, but many times I even find myself doing it. I plan every route, plan every job, plan every art piece. 

But when I get in this state of mind, I no longer enjoy life. I’m no longer active in my own life- instead I become a witness. 

The ongoing struggle of my artistic life- those stretches of the dreaded writer’s block- always come when I forget to listen. 

Those days where I’m alone with my mind… When there’s no pressing issues or assignments to be addressed- I’m able to turn my focus inwards and truly get in touch with what’s going on with my characters. In a process much like meditation I must forget the assumptions I’ve made about them, forget the perfectly laid out plans I have, feel that inner sense of connectivity with the countless minds inside of me and truly listen. 

 So next time you’re alone, sit down with your characters and talk to them. You’d be surprised what they’ll tell you about themselves and what’s happening in their world. 

Till next time loves ❤️
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/witness/

inspiration, writing

My inspiration as a writer

Sure beats the hospital!

Today I’d like to share my celebration of this wonderful man’s return home after a long battle with surgeries and cancer. 

My grandpa, James Parker returned home from the hospital today after weeks of recovery and a major operation. Just weeks ago we shared a terrible discovery that he had developed a second kind of cancer (he already had battled another kind for around 10 years). 

When we found out I was unable to hold it together. With the surgeon in the room and my whole family trying to be strong- the news I heard sounded like a death sentence and I lost it at the thought of loosing this wonderful soul from my life. 

My grandpa on the other hand looked at me and quoted what I had told him when I was only a young girl. With a smile on his face he said “well you know what Jamie? Like a wise girl once told me… We’re just gonna have to deal with it”. 

And what else could be said? Truly that is all we could do. You move on and deal with the things you’re dealt with, or you simply refuse to move. That’s all there is to it. 

As a child, I don’t know if I was as wise as he thought I was, or if I didn’t truly understand the gravity of the situation. My grandfather on the other hand has showed me more strength and optimism out of one person than I could have ever believed possible… And is continuing to do so even in the face of Chemo and stage 3 cancer at the age of 78. 

This man is my hero. The fact that he published a book and has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and given me countless words of advice and inspiration comes second to the frame of mind and lifestyle he has taught me throughout the years. I wouldn’t have half the optimism I have if it wasn’t for him. 

If you have a hero like my Grandpa, please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear about the people that helped shape your lovely minds 🙂 

~Keep on being positive and “dealing” with the roadblocks life throws you. We will be victorious ❤️

inspiration, Poetry, writing

A world trapped inside

worldtrappedinperson

 

I am not one– I am many

Woven together to create a mosaic identity

My eyes, imperfect mirrors reflecting only part

Of this consummate creation– the truths in my heart

~Fioza Leigh-Rhodes

Us writers are blessed with a single body that we must rely on to express vast spaces with even more vast personalities… but that’s why we write. 

For a long time, I got stuck on the idea of perfection. Unable to simply dump ideas and come back to them later, I edited as I wrote– scrutinized every word and stressed over every syllable. That is, until I found a quote from Pixar’s rules of storytelling:

“If it stays in your head, a perfect idea

You’ll never share it with anyone

~Pixar animation

After all… our words can’t reach a single soul or give a voice to our beloved characters if we never work to try.

So here’s my challenge to you. In a comment below geek out about a character! Whether they’re your original character or someone else’s, let go of the pressure and just have fun. Let us inspire one another and remind ourselves why we do what we do.

Tootles loves!

https://mic.com/articles/101740/the-22-rules-to-perfect-storytelling-according-to-pixar#.cF9FxLTgf

^Follow the link above to see the complete list of Pixar’s storytelling rules reblogged by Jared Keller and based off of Emma Coat’s 2012 tweets of wisdom gained from Pixar after years of working there.

This list has served as inspiration in the hardest of times throughout my years and I hope they can help you as well!