I can’t recall the exact day I started writing.
For that matter I can’t remember the exact day I took my first meaningful photograph.
What can I tell you? Writing and photography filled a deep hole that seemed to be growing inside me a long time ago.
I could have put it down to a phase I was going through — you know, the rhythm of life, or as some experts call it; the course of life through the biological, psychological and spiritual. But from wherever it came, writing and photography helped breathe life into a dying soul. The creativity helped me feel whole and happy again. I’m not sure if every woman my age goes through something like this, but in that time of my life I had been through a lot. It was time for me to nurture my soul.
I’ve lived a very full and varied life, and as I edge closer to fifty I’d like to think I understand a bit about living, people and the world at large. I haven’t been sheltered, quite the opposite; I’ve experienced the good, the bad and the very ugly side of human nature — this has been part of my journey. Sometimes I use my own experiences to build on a scene or intensify a character. I enjoy getting into the mind of my characters, and I’m still learning how to do this successfully. With my piece Deadhorse the story was as much about experiencing something unexplained as it was a man’s mental reflection on the cusp of death. It took a great deal of thought and creativity.
Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting.
Edward de Bono
He’s a smart man, Edward de Bono. I often hear people say, ‘Oh, I’m not creative’ or ‘I don’t have an imagination’. Sometimes I can really dislike the words not and don’t, because I’m the kind of person who rejects that doubt. Why? Because creativity comes in many different forms from writing to sculpture, knitting to needlepoint, music to debating, and all the different creative arts in the middle. It’s all about allowing the creative energy to be around you and finding what craft fits your creativity.
I have never wanted to nor aimed to write a literary masterpiece. But to write something worthy? In my opinion that’s another thing entirely.
Writing is a personal journey with individual motivations encouraging a person to write. I believe that being literary minded can mean lots of different things. It can refer to a reader, a student or teacher of English or an author, all who have one thing in common, a passion for the written word. I enjoy writing in different genres, be it life fiction, horror, sci-fi or fantasy. I like to mix it up. I love to engage in everything, to explore, learn and grow.
For me personally, writing and photography come from the same creative energy. While I still regard myself as an emerging writer and amateur photographer it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the beauty of being in the moment while taking a particular photo, or writing an imaginative story. You see, I believe it’s all about walking through life, being, absorbing and feeling all that is given to you creatively.
Embracing my creative inspiration has allowed me to write stories and poetry, paint and take beautiful photos. This literary mind appreciates creative inspiration, and willingly accepts it from either a stunning photo with depth and beauty, or pictures that flourish in my mind, pestering me to write the narrative and give them a voice.
Someone once told me; it’s a long road to recognition as a writer. And whilst I don’t disagree, I think it depends on what you’re looking to achieve by writing. I think writing is a bit like sailing or riding a horse — with a little instruction and some practice it’s not too difficult. Now here’s the but. Like in sailing or riding horses, for some of us, it can take a lifetime to master the skill. However, that’s if you’re looking for acclaim and recognition or to be a competitor in the field. I don’t believe every writer is searching for that.
That’s not why I write. I write because I love to be in what I call ‘the creative matrix’, some call it ‘the writing zone’ others call it ‘bloody frustrating’ (excuse my Australian expletive intensifier). I hope I will always write with passion, creativity and energy, but not because I want to be recognised. I simply want to take photos and write stories that are worthy to be enjoyed.
I’ll leave you with a quote from a master writer:
‘Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe.’
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