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INside Scoop
Feeler, Thinker, Interpreter Writer
By Julie A. Pierce
November, 2006, 16:40

Are you taking it all too seriously? Is the tension you've created causing you aches and pains? Well, lighten up!

That's easy for me to say, right? But, like you, I find it much harder in practice. Unfortunately, getting all tight about something causes us to get stuck. This is true whether playing with a Chinese finger puzzle or trying to digest a meal. If we are holding tight, resisting, and restricting, then we are creators of our own defeat and eventual suffering.

Creativity is a process of flow. We take in elements, combine them, and then release them to the world in a different form.

Although there are certain aspects of control that come into play while creating, it's the kind of control exercised as higher-level observation. And so, there's a certain amount of leadership that you need to employ during creation.

You must take action. A proactive approach is imperative for the creative process to begin at all. This is the point at which an initial goal or vision is useful and appropriate. It's something to get you started. And it's valuable to recognize that the more focused or narrow that initiating vision is, the easier it is to begin. Concentrate on your target to start.

There's also a certain amount of following along required. That initial target is just one destination. Along the path of creation, be flexible. You may discover a more desirable objective. It would be tragic to miss it because you were excessively focused on the original target.

This is where you change gears to release and let go, follow along and guide yourself all at the same time. You are actively creating, and passively allowing the emergence of the creation.

So how do you balance the nuances? How do you know when to tighten up and when to loosen up?

You don't know. Rather, you feel. Feeling is the essence of what it means to be creative. The fundamental instrument is your heart. Your physical senses are conduits for experiencing the world. Your emotions, your reactions to the input, are the elements that you can use, reorganize, duplicate, and ultimately express in your writing.

You are the interpreter of your experience. You express it with the intention that it will affect someone else. It's not necessary to expect an audience to have a certain reaction. Whatever reaction they have - from flat-line to extreme stimulation - that is their experience of your expression. Your part is done once you've expressed yourself.

Getting back to the creative process, this edition of IN brings you a variety of buff stuff:

Two new items have been added to our Tool Kit for when you need them. Our cover author, legal guru Mark Levine, has contributed an Author's Bill Of Rights and novelist Joyce Faulkner has provided a list of tips for writing chase scenes. Her article this month elucidates when a chase scene is needed for your fiction and how to make it work.

This month we introduce J.A. LeVitt and Donna G. Munch in INside Authors as they share with us their respective roads to publishing.

Anne R. Allen continues her series on hunting a good agent, Peggy Bechko offers sage advice about managing your career, Ken Robinson explores why writing for free is a good idea, and Helen Dunn Frame considers co-authoring. You'll also relate to Jennifer Edelson's pain and relief in Writing Tick, and be inspired by Roy Austin's poetic journey.

If you're looking for writing resources on the Internet, Rowdy Rhodes writes about the quest for quality. Char Milbrett presents a specific collection of resources related to copywriting in her monthly Top 10: Persuader, and Joan Neubauer is on hand to explain "packager" and how to get yourself syndicated.

Technically speaking, Duncan Money gives us an overview of blogging and why writers should do it, while Bechko and Rhodes introduce us to the new wave in portable reading. Karen Braynard encourages and shows us how to use other's people's fear of writing to our advantage.

J.R. Kambak gives us a beautiful vignette in which we experience the interaction between a famous scriptwriter and a novice. Judy L. Adourian leads us through an exercise of discovery, and our reliable Billie A. Williams brings us three more winning books to add to your collection.

Read IN and then express yourself!

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Julie A. Pierce
Editor Inkwell Newswatch (IN)

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