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Writing: It’s more than just words on paper

Hello guys and girls!

I know I’ve been off for a long time, but well, life in college is hard. Nevertheless, I’m back with more writing blogs and fresh ideas. So let’s begin and start reading!

Today I’m gonna write about, well, writing. But how it goes more than what we see everyday. Writing as how authors and readers see it. How this art is seen through my eyes as both reader and writer.

However, it’s a really deep topic. If you think about it, what exactly is writing? It can be composed of many things, big and small, that transform and modifies our living if ever so slightly. Writing is more than just printed words, it’s to move a human heart and soul with something you can’t see, smell, sense or hear. It’s a doorway for the mind to fly away into a new world, one that the writer’s create.

Nathaniel Hawthorne said: “Words — so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

In other words – haha, other words. XD Silly me. -, this means that we as writers have the power to make good and evil, beauty and ugliness, death and life, with just the words we use as we write. We are the most dangerous creators as we form the minds of those who read us and contribute to their growth and development. We can carry powerful messages and reveal truths in mysterious non-existent worlds.

That’s why in some places, some books are banned. Because they are the most dangerous weapon in humanity. This is true and proven across history. Sometimes, it’s just a word what begins a revolution, sometimes it transforms them into calls for peace.

It’s amazing what a word can do. Especially the written word. Why? Because the written word is immortal. Yes, immortal. Once a word is printed, it flies of from reader to reader and makes sure to find a home in their hearts. Furthermore, every time someone tries to destroy it, it’s all in vain, cause a new copy is out. Look at the Bible. Or the Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. Banned or attempted to be destroyed, yet they always come back.

Words are the reason we are alive. Everything is based on words, we just can’t see it. Yet, if you analyze it deeply, you can see that life is a word. Just think, how we would communicate with each other without words. With gestures? You know that’s the visual representation of words right? What do you believe sign language is? With sounds? Yeah right. And when your mind breaks it down you DON’T use words to understand it. XP.

Admit it. We are words. And as writers, we are worse than everyone. We can create or destroy by manipulating words at our will. A writer (not sure who) once said  that writers are the closest thing to God. We do many things in our worlds. Then those universes are passed down to others. Slowly, a network of ideas is born.

So don’t think that being a writer is bad. Sure, they don’t get paid much, but in the end, they are the most powerful beings in existence. Don’t believe me? Search up any historical hero or icon or researcher. Almost all of them wrote something. A speech, a book, an article, anything. Martin Luther King wrote one of the most important speeches for the rights of the black people in the United States. Gabriel Garcia Marquez transformed real life stories into fantastic works of both fiction and non-fiction, such as Clandestine in Chile. Plato wrote The Republic, in which he built the bases on politics as we now know.

On and on I can go with the list of writers. However, that’s homework for you. I’m more than convinced that writing is something huge, important and powerful. That’s why I became a writer. To change the world with my writing.

What about you? Do you want to change the world with your writing too?

Think about it.

Until next time,

Anaklusmosj

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Hide and seek with the muse

Greetings my friends!

Once again, I am sorry for my lateness and irresponsibility. It has been two long weeks of finals and I’m exhausted.

However, that does not mean that I have forgotten about you. I know that you may be irritated or have doubts, but bear with me. College life ain’t easy. Add the fact that I’m writing a novel (my very first attempt :D) and ta-da! A mess is made.

Nevertheless, here I am. After disappearing with nothing on my mind, I come back with a new post based on the most important tool of all writers: the muse.

But what exactly is the muse?

The muse is known by many names across the whole wide world. Names like inspiration, spark, purpose and so on. Regardless of it, the muse is the reason we write and the beginning of our story.

Allow me to explain. A muse can be a song, a place or even a person. It’s something that gives you ideas for writing. For instance, my muse is silence. Why? Because with silence I become eager to do something new. Something that breaks the solitary air of nothingness. Once, a friend asked me why I start my works with dialogues most of the time. I answered that with a dialogue the silence is broken and creativity flows.

Does that mean that’s the only muse in the world? Of course not! In Ancient Greece, the people thought that there were nine muses, one for each artistic area. Calliope for instance, was known as the muse for the epic stories while Thalia was the muse of comedy drama. Each of us has a different muse, we just got to find it.

But where?

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Muse, muse, where are you?

The answer is simple: Everywhere. Anytime, anyplace. The writer’s muse is always wide awake, being playful and causing mischief. I say mischief because sometimes we have the idea, but when trying to pin it down in a notebook or recorder the idea flies away. However, don’t fret. Like I said, the muse comes and goes, so you never know when it will strike again.

Tools for saving ideas

Us writers have a hard time with many things. How to start writing, facing the dreaded writer’s block and more importantly, trying to keep up with our muse. Sometimes we fret because we don’t have the tools for saving such magnificent ideas in the nick of time. Nevertheless, over the time there has been not only was to interact with your muse, but a lot of tools made to save those precious ideas before they are gone with the wind. Here are the two I use most.

Tool #1: Pen and paper, notebook, notepad or apps (or anything to write on)

It’s always handy to have a pen with you. You never know when you’re gonna need it. if anything, a pen is better than paper. Why? Simple. With a pen you can write anywhere. Yes, anywhere. Paper, cards, labels, even your own skin (though this one can make you sick given time XP). the best matchup for this unique instrument is paper. In a notepad or a notebook, it’s essential for writers to have one nearby. Furthermore, there are apps made for writers. One of my favorites for the Android phone is WriterPlus.  It’s a simple app made to store ideas in a moment’s notice. It also has a night feature, so if any of you are night owls, this is your app.

Can it be more than one? Of course! I have two journals, a notebook, a notepad and the app I mentioned before. I write in all of them. The journals are for personal thoughts about life and other mysteries while the notebook and the notepad are for my creative writing. That way, no matter where I go, I can always save any idea that pops in my head. My advice is you do it too, cause you never know when you’re gonna need it.

Tool #2: Recorders

“Oh I can’t do that!”

“Why not? It’s easy. Just write the idea down and that’s it.”

“I know, but, hasn’t it ever happened to you that you have an idea, then when you’re gonna write it you have developed it so well that you forget the starting point and get lost in your own thoughts?”

This was lasts week scenario in the college café. I was talking with a friend about different stories and she told that, while she had a ton of ideas, she couldn’t write them down in time. Therefore, I made her a suggestion.

“Then why don’t you get a recorder? There are many available in different stores and there’s also many apps for the phone with the same purpose.”

You may think that a recorder is mainly for journalists or singers, but the truth is that writers can use them too. With just the press of a button, you can say all the ideas that come to your head. I have one, and I love how it just saves my life when I don’t have pen and paper. It’s an excellent, affordable and easy way to save those precious ideas. Try it out!

When the muse comes along, grasp it with all your might. Build your world, create characters and save the world from danger one word at a time. Use these tools to help you on the writing quest. Don’t fret if the muse disappears. You just keep walking the creative writing road and never stop writing.

Until next time,

Anaklusmosj

Searching for inspiration

Inspiration can come in many ways. Sometimes it’s a word, other times a sentence or even a dialogue. Maybe you see a work of art or a beautiful picture and suddenly the idea sparks in your mind. You just have to look.

“My mother says looking is the nature of wisdom.” 

Annabeth, The Battle of the Labyrinth

It’s ok if you don’t know where to start. BUT, you NEED to look. Write, read, see and feel. Inspiration comes from anyplace at anytime. A song,  a drink or a movie might be what you need to start your story.

That’s why you need to move around, talk to people, read a lot, write a lot, eat and drink different things and dream a lot.

By moving, you get ideas for settings; by talking, phrases for conversation; by reading, structure for your novel; by writing, the sense of creativity and freedom; by eating and drinking, food for your characters; and by dreaming, the fantastic feeling of reality for your story.

It may sound weird at first. However, as you go around searching for inspiration, you’ll get used to getting ideas for your work. You can also search in the internet for prompts, images, music and more. For those who have a low budget (like yours truly XD), the internet is a good way for inspiration alongside the daily living.

Nevertheless, the best inspiration is the one you don’t look for, the one that strikes without warning. The one that says peek-a-boo! and drives you crazy until you write it down. That’s high quality ideas, mind you.

So move on, travel the world, eat and drink and laugh and scream if you want to build your story. a good story is the fantastic version of reality. The world is your source of muses, you just have to rediscover it every day.

Well, then, I’m off.

See ya later! Have fun and keep writing!

Anaklusmosj