One page at a time - that's the only way to write. Actually, perhaps I should be far more specific: one word at a time. But since it is rather difficult to express complete thoughts in single words, we must use sentences. These will form paragraphs, which hopefully will form a coherent narrative that forms upon the page before us.
Yes, reader, I must involve you in this process. After all, writing is a very intimate, personal experience, and truly good writing should never just be for the self. Yet, some writers clearly do not involve the reader, and this is indeed a tragedy. But I do feel that the act of writing should not produce a sermon unless you are a bona fide preacher. No, it's all about connecting with your audience, your reader.
Some authors are obsessed with the idea of knowing who their target audience is. Now, I suppose in some cases - say in the case of writing a children's book - this is certainly an understandable tactic which you may take to construct your narrative. But I'm not convinced it's always a good one. I think, especially in children's writing, some authors take too many assumptions into account on the part of their reader.
The author's job should be to not bore you, and too many authors, in my humble opinion, bore so many readers. Okay, maybe you'll know this or that when you come to reading my piece and you'll feel like I should already know that you know these things. But there's a simple way around this. It's on me, the writer, to make sure if something is brought up that should be generally common knowledge that it is directly involved with what I'm getting at.
There's something to be had about giving you, the reader, a trail to follow. It's good to make your thought process somewhat intuitive through the writing. A lot of artists get really, really artsy. While there is nothing wrong with that, in theory, really a writer must work to draw the reader into the narrative. Even if you may be unfamiliar with all or most of the individual points, you must be able to find that there is clearly a thought process behind all of it. This is the challenge that all writers face.
So why should you care? I could ramble on forever about the half-million things (somewhat of an exaggeration) that go across my mind on a daily basis. It's actually rather incredible how many things actually are on one mind at any given time. The conscious and unconscious minds are so often not in sync. It's why sometimes we just get distracted and we don't really know how. Somehow, though, the act of writing actually can give one access to this sort of nether space between the conscious and unconscious.
When a writer really applies one's self to the task of constructing a narrative, things tend to appear on the page that seem a bit unfamiliar. At times, they seem out of place within the conscious realm. The human mind is really an incredible machine. There are so many things that it can process that often get shoved aside by the conscious mind. A lot of that is simply because of how cluttered "modern" daily life has become.
It's no secret that meditation techniques can help one write better. There is often just too much clutter in our heads to be able to construct anything incredibly interesting on a regular basis, even for dedicated writers. You can't force creativity. It just sort of has to happen.
I hate to reference a cliché. But my prefacing tidbit "one page at a time" is very much like "one day at a time" in that you have to take each challenge as they come. Even if you are not by profession a writer, you are in fact a writer in the sense that you are the scribe of your own life's story. You may say, wait a minute, how can I be the author of my own life story if so many things are out of my control? Now what I am getting at here is not trying to write yet another self-help book or tell you that there is some special secret to being this amazing writer. No, I am simply saying that many different aspects of life are not as disparate as they at first seem.
You may think, life is non-fiction and fiction is a way to escape that often grinding daily existence. Well, to be fair, there is a very startling similarity between fiction and non-fiction. Fiction is often compelling because of how colorful the settings and characters can be. But in non-fiction, that can also be true. You may say you like fiction because what you're reading you may be convinced couldn't really happen.
Truth is, anything is possible. Nothing is truly impossible, only astronomically improbable. So when you hear "nothing is impossible" it's not false, but it's only a half-truth. No fiction is totally made up. Fiction is, at the very least, a half-truth. We integrate plenty of fiction into our own lives. Say you're telling someone a "real-life" story and you don't have your facts straight. It's not completely true, so guess what? It's fiction.
So am I saying that life is just a world of half-truths with more fiction than fact? No, but in my daily life, it sometimes certainly seems that way. Many people I see function in such a way. We live in a world full of so many possible avenues of escapism. As soon as we step outside of what is considered "serious" there is a lot of grey area that you can play with. This is the writer's playground.
There are cold hard facts of life that need to be accounted for, yes. But what if we play around a bit and pretend that these cold hard facts were instead fiction? How do you rearrange things in such a way to make them more interesting? It's all about making your reader look at things from a different perspective. From a certain perspective, all of our lives are just a fiction that we create in our own minds. Perspective is the key word here.
If you're ever stuck, remember perspective. Don't take everyone's perspective into account. Yes, ask yourself if the reader will care. But at the same time, you have to make your reader care. If your reader doesn't care, then what's the point in writing it?
Keep perspective in mind. Twist things just a little bit to make it more interesting, without losing sight of the heart of the matter. You may find out some things you wouldn't have otherwise. And so won’t your readers.
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