I just read a book called Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger and I could not put it down! I stayed up well past my bedtime to see who had killed the narrator’s older sister. The beginning of a well-written book is comparable to the opening of the curtains of a highly-acclaimed play at a theater. Both must draw the audience in quickly and keep them engaged to be considered top-notch writing.
Good writers and playwrights have the ability to take us on excursions into another place and time. They can keep us spellbound by the descriptive scenes, choice of words and make us care about the welfare of the characters.
When we have read or heard that last line, we silently push back and pause as if we have completed a hearty meal. We become quietly reflective and a thousand what-if’s race through our minds. Good writers reveal life’s beauty in spite of its many imperfections.
Ingredients such as an irresponsible wealthy family, clandestine affairs, murder and suicide will definitely keep those fingers rapidly turning pages or keep audiences sitting on the edges of their seats.
Sometimes, the entire tale is spilled out in the book or on stage, but often there are those soft innuendos that leave blanks and questions. Those unknowns can become the meat of great book club discussions because life can be seen from so many slants and points of view. Sometimes, it is what was not said that says the most.
Ernest Hemingway said, “In order to write about life first you must live it.” William Kent Krueger has obviously seen life up close and felt it personally because his writing was like witnessing a great play.
Lynn M. September 16, 2017
Writers, what inspires you? What makes you pick up a pen or pull out a laptop? Many things inspire me. It can be the singing of the birds, the laughter or tears of a child, the rising or setting of the sun or some lyrics or special tune. Or, inspiration may come from conversations with newly acquired friends or from fond remembrances of old acquaintances.
I personally feel that writers need a muse. They need something or someone who piques their interest and heightens certain emotions. Then, ideas began to flow onto the paper or computer screen. During the overflow of ideas, many of life’s past situations come forth to aid in clearly telling the tale.
Writers may have to take a host of positive traits seen in others and bundle them to create one likeable character or use a composite of adverse attributes to develop that not-so-likeable character. Yet something has to impress the writer’s consciousness so that they will start a new project because writing itself is no easy task.
Writers can peer into a glass darkly and see the light that others simply cannot detect. They have great imaginations which often hinge on speaking to the unvoiced emotions of others. Their art awakens those identifiable feelings in its readers though they may not have been spoken. That is the link! That is the voice! Mostly, that is the hook!
I would venture to say that writers need a muse. They need some form of inspiration that sparks that flame. Then they can write something which will take others along for an unforgettable and vicarious experience.
Writers, “What inspires you?”
Lynn M. August 5, 2017
Do you have a specific place where you jot down your ideas? Some writers dutifully write at their desks and tap out what they need to put down. Ideally, this is perfect, but sometimes my ideas will not wait until I reach that designated writing space.
While driving, my ideas may start to flow. I have had to pull over to a safe spot and capture them before they evaporated into thin air. Or, I have conducted a quick map search to locate the closest public library. I’ve gone inside, found a big sturdy table and wrote until I had no more to say at that point. On planned writing days, I often drive to the lakefront and write in my car or write while I sit close to the water while listening to the calming waves.
Writing is a solitary enterprise and the slightest disruption can sometimes halt the entire process. But good writers can tune out a lot of things. Actually voices, laughter or men working can serve as incentives. Those sounds can act as a backdrop to life’s movements and contribute to describing a scene.
Like prayer, there is nothing neither boastful nor showy about the writing process. The Bible speaks of the hypocrisy of public prayer and how men should not pray ‘to be seen of men.’ Most writers write out of the view of others and many live like hermits They want to share their final products with the world, but the actual process is often done in private hovels.
The writer just needs to empty the mind of those dammed up ideas and let them flow out into the universe. Sometimes it can wait until a specific place is reached but the overflow can happen anywhere. Those ideas are like jumping fish and the net has to be flung or cast out to catch as many of them as possible. Otherwise, some other writer may be the first to put them in a more marketable form.
Where do you write?
Lynn M. July 8, 2017