There are two blogs associated with this website, one for writers (The Write Wind) and one for seekers (The Dyslexic Canine). Two excerpts appear on this page, the first explaining the inspiration for writing speculative fiction and the second demonstrating the inspiration of words and images. To dive deeper into the blogs’ content, use the following links: http://writewind.blogspot.com and http://dyslexiccanine.blogspot.com.
From The Write Wind: “Creating Possible Impossibilities”:
That question haunts more people than the ghost of Jacob Marley after a Charles Dickens reading by Jesse Ventura and an overdose of Mello Yello.
Two simple ideas: 1. Write what no one knows. 2. Write what no one notices.
What No One Knows
Rather than trying to capture reality––what everybody knows and relates to––explore what nobody has ever seen. Nor ever will.
One doesn’t even have to be lazy and follow the old dictum, “Write what you know.” In fact, the best advice, especially when one is stuck, states, “Write what nobody knows.”
The key is to trust the human instinct to be different and invent the obtuse. Not only should one think “outside the box,” but instead should ignore the box completely. Better yet, throw the darned nuisance into the nearest shredder and walk away.
Discarding the box allows one to create authentically, a process that frightens some writers. The task of devising an original cosmos, they say, is only fit for the Divine. However, do not allow humility to restrain you.
Developing an artistic world requires no deistic capability. One does not have to be God to create realistic settings, characters, plots, or languages.
Literature and other media are populated with invisible airplanes, war-torn galaxies “far, far away,” magic ring-bearing hobbits, sparkling vampires, and carnivorous singing plants. Not to mention the infamous sharknado!
None of these occur in the real world, nor are any God-inflicted…as far as we know.
So where do thoughts like these originate?
Maybe somebody ate a sour-pickle-and-peanut-butter sandwich, sipped hot Dr Pepper with a slice of lemon, and turned off reality for a moment. And what followed was a flash of insight, the unexpected answer to the “Great What If,” and a frantic dash to the bathroom before turning on the computer to write.
The key is that, once unleashed, the mind races to discover the infinite realm of the possible impossibilities.
And the effect of venturing off into the unknown is cumulative. One thought leads to another which leads to another and another….Eventually what was once the hint of a mental hiccough becomes a full-throated, rafter-rattling brain belch known as a great story.
What No One Notices
But maybe your brain doesn’t work like that. Maybe your inner demons are too frightening to acknowledge. What to do then?
Instead of searching for and revealing the Great Unknown, investigate the Great Ignored. Look for what nobody sees in the everyday.
Examine the uniqueness in common people, things, events, and places: The convenience store clerk with uncanny human insights. The woodwork supporting the rain-shielding roof. The one-room shack at the end of a street. The riverside under the freeway bridge.
All have the making of stories that have never been told, stories firmly grounded in reality, yet surprising, astonishing, and often revelatory. The rewards of investigation of the commonplace benefit the reader AND the writer.
In either case, the creative spirit––the Write Wind––blows within the author, enlivening and enlightening the world by visualizing the unimagined or by revealing the too-often ignored or the regrettably taken for granted.
The result? Creation reveals the old, the new, and possible impossibilities, which rejuvenates writers and readers. Life is restored. That has to be a good thing.
The Write Wind, August 8, 2014
From The Dyslexic Canine: “The Passionate Destination”
When life feels pointless, some people believe, as the George Harrison song says, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” As we flounder through life, our destination is unfocused, the road unclear. Still, we look for clues, for hope in the nothingness. At these times, it’s important to realize that the destination we seek is actually seeking us. When we grasp that, when we realize the seeker and the sought have the same goal, getting passionate about the journey is pretty easy. And pretty wonderful.
The Dyslexic Canine, February 2014