Deadlines. Lately it seems I’m always working towards tight deadlines. They’ve never really been my forte. I think the issue is that I’m often terrible at gauging how long things will take and usually estimate low. This leaves me stressed and scrambling at the last minute. Maybe I just secretly enjoy the stress. [Read more…]
About to jump into a new writing project, I find myself developing brand new characters, and I realize I haven’t really done this in a while. I’ve been working on one large writing project for a long time and have grown very comfortable and familiar with my main characters. Yes, there are new characters that enter the scene from time to time and have their roles to play, but the main characters remain constant. They grow and change along the way, but I see them so clearly. While there is a lot to creating any character, there’s something about creating a new main character and the world around them, seeing them begin to take shape and take on a life of their own. Beginning hazy, you start to see their faces, their bodies, their mannerisms. Their passions, views, and the way they look at and interact with the world take shape. You see their relationships and the way they connect with people, and how these interactions make them feel. I find it a fun and exciting process.
The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines home as “one’s place of residence” but also as “a place of origin”, which are often two very different places. If this is the case, where truly is home? The concept of home is a familiar theme in many stories. Characters often need to return home for one reason or another. Perhaps to take care of a loved one, or because of a death. Sometimes it is to find their way home during a long adventure, or even to fight an evil murderous clown. Over the years I have left and returned to the Owen Sound area for various reasons, though thankfully none of them was ever an evil clown.
These days my life revolves around filling my head with knowledge at school. It’s quite challenging and takes up a lot of my time. I’m very dedicated and have always loved a good challenge. I knew that this program would be intense, but I really had no idea it would be quite as consuming as it is. I find myself wishing I had time to express myself more creatively.
From an early age I remember enjoying connecting with people and learning how they feel. I like getting to know people, hearing their stories, learning what motivates them, what scares them, what makes them tick. I enjoy watching people, seeing how they move, how they interact with people and the world around them. We all have had a host of different experiences that have shaped us in very different ways. I truly enjoy people, our vast differences and the common bonds we share.
Inspiration can come from many different places. Often a scene, an object, a moment in reality will set forth a stream of ideas that takes the mind on a journey far far away from where it started. Once, while lounging in a park on a beautiful summer’s day, minding my own business, a story decided to put itself into my head.
The story began in the very park I was sitting. In my mind I was transported to a whole new land with a young girl character who accidentally opened a doorway between two worlds. The beginnings of her adventures began to unravel as I sat there, playing through my head like a movie being played for only me to see.
We all experience dreams, these random scenes and experiences that happen when we are asleep. Sometimes they are wondrous and strike us with awe, sometimes they thrill us with amazing delights, and sometimes they terrify us. Dreams have the power to transport us to many places and allow us to see and experience many things that we might never experience otherwise. [Read more…]
The gift of a story is a gift that should be shared. Early native cultures relied on the art of storytelling to continue the life of their culture, allowing their heritage to pass from one generation to the next. It’s through sharing stories that ideas are born, beliefs are made, morals are formed, dreams are seeded, and we learn to understand each other a little better. Storytelling today is no different. [Read more…]