TIP: How Can You Tell When Imagination Is Present?

Discussion in 'Creative Writing' started by lovelyxmalia, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. lovelyxmalia

    lovelyxmalia Banana Hammock Lifetime Supporter

    A Writer's Book of Days - Judy Reeves

    How Can You Tell When Imagination Is Present?

    Someone said all you need to be a writer is an imagination and curiosity. (Add to that stamina.) Your imagination is in the unique, individual way you see the world, the particular and specific details you notice, and the connections you make. More than merely your experience, it is the way you contemplate and interpret your experience. The great novelist Henry James said, "It [experience] is the very atmosphere of the mind; and when the mind is imaginative... it takes to itself the faintest hints of life, it converts the very pulses of air into revelations."

    How can you tell if the imagination is present, not only in your writing but also in your life?
    • You feel a strong urge to create - to write, to paint, to play music, to dance, to make art.
    • Your writing is bold, full of passion and life. "Violent passions emit the Real, Good and Perfect tons," poet William Blake said.
    • You experience great freedom in your writing, leaping from image to image as if your words were Baryshnikov and your notebook the stage.
    • You work innocently, not from the ego and not to please or impress.
    • You are comfortable doing nothing. For long stretches of time.
    • You trust your writing and your experience.
    • You live in the present moment because you know that is where imagination will look for you.
    • You meander rater than stride calisthentically; you notice the form and colors of leaves, the shapes of clouds, the curve of a hill.
    • Your writing (and your life) surprises you.
    • You try something new rather than doing the same old tried and true - even if it was great.
    • You believe you will never run out of ideas.
    • You don't plan what you are going to do, you just do it; the planning comes later.
    • You go forth (in your writing and your life) with no fear.
    • You gaze out windows for long periods of time and stare into treetops; you've been accused of daydreaming.
    • You write new, raw, wild stuff instead of rewriting the same piece endlessly.
    • You converse about your characters as if they were fully alive.
    • You are completely yourself. That's when ideas come, according to the great compser Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who knew these things.
    • You make up things with the abandon of a child. Sontaneity thrills you.
    • You write without the need to prove anything.
    • You live your life fully, submerge yourself completely in the experience of it.
    • You cannot force imagination to be present, but if you are in no hurry, "free, good-natured and at ease," it will appear, according to writer Brenda Ueland, who said, "The imagination is always searching in us and trying to free what we really think.
  2. rambleON

    rambleON Coup

    yes, Mozart knew these things. Mozart is creativity personified. mozart is creativity.

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