Where do I begin? – My students often ask this question.
One way to begin is to start with the point of view from where you are now. Begin with where you are standing. What do you see?
Last week the cherry blossom trees in my yard came into bloom. Something new to catch my attention, drawing my eye to the beauty there. Creative inspiration could have led me to write a poem about this tree. I stood for a long time taking it in, allowing the visual to speak to me.
Often journal entries will begin this way. Simply what are you seeing now? Where are you standing? At what angle do you view the scene? Now let’s change things. What happens if you move just a bit closer, changing the angle? This changes the emphasis. What draws the eye? What pulls focus?
Now let’s change the view again. Move closer in. Look for the details. Look beneath. Look up. What changes? What calls to you now?
How close can you get? What do you see now? What details emerge? How does this differ from the first scene?
Often we approach our writing from the same viewing point. What would happen if you changed that, moved about to see from a different angle, from a different point of view, through a different story persons eyes?
Spring is here. Take up your pen and paper and go out and play. See if you can discover something new today.
Tomorrow the view will be different. Subtle changes will appear, blossoms will fall upon the ground, new green leaves will appear. Tomorrow when I come to the page, the view will be different, I will be different. Like a snapshot freezing a moment in time, the pages I write will never be duplicated again. All the more reason then to come to the page, to capture if I can, this perfect moment.
Love and light,