*image from LONDONIST.COM
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. ~ Anais Nin
I spent a few minutes in retrospection and it occurred to me that while I’ve been writing I’ve been wading waist-deep in words and constantly snagged by rules.
Words are fluid like the sea.
In the expanse of words:
some float on the surface and are easy to reach – constantly in use
some are deep
some are frothy – they look pretty only at first glance
words change their intensity depending on the light of meaning, and emotional impact.
Rules are nets that try to shape words into rigid forms:
some are like seawalls – necessary barriers that stop words flooding everywhere.
like groynes, some rules intrude in and among the words; they are designed to shape our understanding.
constantly submerged in words, the rules change – eventually; they are worn down by use.
Who says I can’t stretch a metaphor into a simile :D *hahaha
While I have been spending far-too-long thinking about writing, I realised I have learned three important things:
· No matter what you are writing, the basic material has been used before.
· It’s how you put the elements together with creativity and flare that creates “voice.”
And voice is the only thing that is unique.
· You can be positively inspired by something that has been done before.
WHAT HAVE YOU REALISED ABOUT WRITING?