Whatever you see with your imagination, whatever you feel and create with your heart is art.
“We write to heighten our awareness of life…we write to taste life twice, in the moment and in introspection…we write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it… to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth…to expand our world when feeling strangled, constricted, lonely… When I don’t write I feel my world shrinking. I feel I lose my fire, my color.” Anais Nin.
“Great God! What have I turned into? What right have you people to clutter up my life, steal my time, probe my soul, suckle my thoughts, have me for you companion, confidant, and information bureau? What you to take me for? Am I a wench in a brothel who is called upon to lift her skirt or take off her chemise at the bidding of the first man in a tailored suite who comes along?
“If, in some moment of weakness, of relaxation, of need, I blow off steam – a bit of red-hot rage cooled off in words – a passionate dream, wrapped and tied in imagery: Well, take it or leave it… but don’t bother me! I am a free man – and I need my freedom. I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion…face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. What you do want from me? When I have something to say, I put it in print. When I have something to give, I give it. Your prying curiosity turns my stomach! Your compliments humiliate me! Your tea poisons me! I owe nothing to anyone. I would be responsible to God alone – if He existed!” Papini.
K.I.S.S: Keep It Simple, Stupid! That goes for everything. The Plot, the Characters, the Themes: How to tell a story; what words and sentences to tell it with.
First give ample chance to the Design Mind – the creative right-side mind – to Wonder, to Feel the Urge, the Rage, the Volcano, the Vision, the Wonder, the Obsession… to express something special within you; from your direct experience; from your imagination; from your heart.
To ‘Wonder’ is so crucial to the creative behavior that D.H. Lawrence elevated it to the status of a sixth sense.
Cluster and associate Freely, Emotionally, using your Senses; your Feelings while blocking off the censoring, critical, literal - dominant in most of us - Sign mind, the logical left-side mind.
“To Wonder is to live in the world of Novelty rather than Law (or habit), of Delight rather Obligation, and of the Present rather than the Future.” Sam Keen ‘Apology for Wonder’.
“…Wonder requires a relaxed attitude, Receptivity, an Intuitive sense, a Delight in juxtaposing and savoring particulars, Sensuousness, Openness and Participation.”
Focus on a Theme, an overall Feeling, and a Guiding Vision using the creative right-side Design mind.