— A beautiful and progressive one
You may not be a painter, or possess a trait of this form. Or even know much about Art form, but by writing, you are painting a mental visual, your words are a brush stroke. Metaphorically speaking. You are adding colours from a palette of words to generate an image. Your mind is constantly crafting a scene. By writing it takes you, the reader, on a journey of discovery. A transformation. Especially in the rythm of a book.
Write a word, and follow it with another, like a brush stroke. Plant a seed of intrigue. Experiment with the format of short and flash fictions that are effective and yet potent with the ability to throw you, the reader, into the moment. For beginners, it’s the right experiment to indulge in. It’s an effective way to learn about slicker editing structure. A structure thats only in the moments. Expand what you come to learn, and express. Work with a larger form of writing. An expansion of a narrative, you began to live within it, as if a second home.
As a writer, I come to believe, you also wear a variety of hats. But it an imaginative director producing mental images, by a specific sense of idea(s). Be it the characters you craft, you think from the perspective of them. And so, in a sense, you become the character(s). You visualise their appearance, their viewpoint of life, and how they respond a given situation. You become an editor as you walk yourself through an alternative universe created by you, a technican. The power of imagination is unlike anything. The levels of which escalate to genius state of engineering.
Take for example a specific type of character, you visualise a painter, but you may not know much about art. But through research, you depict your character generating an image, a painting, and so you walk the reader through how the character’s painting begins to take shape. I emphasise that you don’t need to be something in order to craft your character, but that through writing, you become many things. Power of mental images.
Writing is the opposite of painting, photography or film, a picture speaks a thousand words. Writing is also not just the formation of lyrics, and poems. But it’s a blend of generating mental images and putting them on the paper, be it by pen, a typewriter or even on the digital canvas and tools. Like a storyteller.
Like all forms of medium, its an expressive art. With a lot of feelings to it. It only takes an idea, and an atom of faith to jump start your imagination. The moment you take that, you began creating a mountain of inspiration. It’s incredible where the possibilities could lead to. Whatever your abilities are, harness them, expand, explore and experiment. Take on the daring risks and decisons, the challenges and the obstacles. This is crucial in the birth of a spark of talent. It takes practice. A series of extenstions. No one is prefect but at least you make an attempt.
Whatever you choose and come to be, you are engineered with potental, capabilites. Unlike anything created on the face of the planet… that is if UFOs don’t exist. You can make it possible if you chose to progress. Inspire the world through your art. If you find yourself lost without a sense of direction, remember your existence alone has a purpose. I leave you with this inspiring words by one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history. Part of a new Hollywood wave of filmaking.
“You can’t do your work according to the people’s values, I’m also not talking about following your dream either, I. I never liked the inspirational value of that phrase. Dreaming is a way of tribulising the process, the obsession that carries you through the failure as well as the successes which would be harder to get through. I mean if you’re dreaming you’re sleeping and it’s important and it’s impartive to always be awake to your feelings, your possibilities, your ambitions. But you also know this, for your work, your passion. Everyday is a re-education. Painters, dancers, actors, writers, filmmakers. It’s the same for all of you. All of us. Every step is a first step. Every brush stroke is a test. Every scene is a lesson. Every shot is a school. So, let the learning continue.” — Martin Scorsese
Am humbled by the kind response of a dear friend and emerging talent in painting, Emily Louise Heard who accepted to feature her work, ‘Dusk’- a beautiful harbour at night, the art cover. In great support of her, always.
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