Friday, July 19, 2013

Anniversary Post - Nine Conclusions

It is time to take some inventory in the form of consolidation. The content of this blog has raised many possibilities but what does experience do when informed by the regiment of a conscious strategy, aimed at clarifying the transitional and mysterious? Theories abound regarding the refinement of techniques developed to enhance creativity, so in the spirit of adding to this body of reference, a list of observations has been distilled. Possibly, the following methods may be of some small use to those who strive to refine regular access to an imagination which is expected to produce clear and lucid writing. May we continue to seek and expand conscious awareness.

Segregate the Creative Experiment:

   New insight brings fresh approach and these bright, new, optimistic vantage points can offer the potential for growth. It is tempting to ride these up draughts of inspiration and discard the work-in-progress with some renewed approach. It is tempting to re-work old material in the direction of fresh inspiration but this can prove problematic if the development of the manuscript does not realize.
   Creative energy, like flowing water seeps and permeates and a resolve to discard what we might suspect as falling below expectation can be carried away on the impulsive nature of this energizing force. Experiment carefully and not in the spirit of shame or tyranny. The ruthlessness of a poised will is apt to desire a clear cut space to continue but often, re-visiting material we have deemed unsatisfactory might yield to later inspection.
   Keep new direction and ideas apart, at least initially from what has already been recorded. A writer’s ego is fickle.

Connect Particulars:

   Within the heady currents of activated writing, there is a powerful desire to ride the momentum of emerging experience. It is exhilarating to write from the engaged imagination but caution must be considered when roaring past details we are shown within this process, delaying the incorporation of these particulars to a later stage in editing. It is assured the original vantage point of a work-in-progress will shift and it is equally likely that with that shift, essential details will become lost.
   Carefully take the time to consider how these unique aspects of a story are expected to connect. Creative introspection, within the rush of creation will always yield a richer insight for it is within these nuanced details that the fine craftsmanship will be earned.
   Balancing the temptation to become obsessed with minutiae should be considered; this is a focus too close to the mundane yet skidding over questions of relevance and integrated application should be connected within the act of initial creation.

Remain Patient:

Work carefully; record mindfully. Structure the writing schedule to allow for even and balanced sessions. Pace is essential and relief lies in dosage.
   Do not force the river.

Divide Tasks:

   Unrealistic ambition can crush a writer’s resolve. The conscious mind has great challenges placed upon the lens of it’s capabilities and relying solely on the intuition to guide this transference will likely result in outcomes being less than what they might be if we were to assist with a clear and coherent structure.
   Retracting the conscious part of the writer’s mind, up towards the executive functioning compartment will enable the engaged writer to progress selectively and if possible, comprehensively. Above all else: a working writer strives for measured evenness in the day-to-day work and shifting focus to different requirements pertinent to the creation of a lucid manuscript will be beneficial to this harmony. Growth in technique and endurance will follow.

Adhere to a Timeline:

Arguably, one of the more obstinate challenges of regular writing is simply arranging the time to sit down to get into the matter at hand. This is precious opportunity and being such should be carefully guarded to allow for the many stations of writing a book.
   Design compassionately the schedule you believe possible and then defend this plan by adhering to it’s indications. In this way, anxiety which arises from encroaching demands not connected to the act of the creative work can be minimized; overall coherence is productive.

Sustain Lyrical Sequence:

   The phasmagoria of a working imagination is unique and dependant on the conscious will recording the lyricism of emerging image and symbol. This is the creative gold and as the writer hits upon the more expansive and mystical moments in this labour unique of creation, this expansion should be fulfilled as it occurs. The alchemy will not be repeated in the same rapture of lucid engagement.

Update Your Worldview:

   The working writer struggles for constant flow; it is damn hard work to write well. Take moments within scheduled writing sessions to refresh the taxed mind. The clarity afforded by a gentle process will ensure strong endurance and allow for the inter-locking mechanisms of creative writing to refresh.
   Avoid excessive re-reading. Do something else, briefly-yet-mindfully that is not part of the intimate exchange. The respect we lend towards our own emerging creative vision will pay dividends of renewed enthusiasm and sustained vitality.

Balance Amplification:

   Pertinent to re-writing and in particular editing, the writer who moderates the mandatory extension of initial work will emerge with revitalized clarity and consistent resolve. The challenges of re-entering landscapes recorded earlier in the writing process can be a easy source of frustration. This is not always a straightforward re-engagement and if forced, may result in shallow or unsatisfactory elaboration.
    Once again: be gentle, be patient in the demanding of further detail from a busy imagination. Entitlement will likely result in egress.

Release Emotion

   Oh! How we do feel as we write. So many moods, so much proxy emotion passes through that whirling mind. It can be exhilarating; it can be arresting. Looping.
The estimation of current ability will surely migrate through a dazzling range of potentialities and great effort must be exercised if we wish to sustain lucidity and the keenness of focus required for clear and comprehensive emotionalism.
   Finding methods to release the conjured emotions and imported feelings will help the conscious will and activated imagination to sustain their delicate balance.
   So many writers riding the waves of imaginary action - how are we not to be overcome by the source of these potent influences? By taking action to release currents of feeling, we shall be caring for our own mental health and also for the purity of intention we wish to establish within the perimeters of fictional characters. It will be through conscious maintenance of these potent, inter-changing emotions that shall ensure respectful communion with the sacred muse who illuminates the intoxication ambitions of an uncultivated mind.

  {All images from 'Aurora Consurgens'}


  1. Meredith you blow my mind and that is rare for me. Reading your words don't just give me a sense of justification, but a sense of encouragement and inspiration as well. Your words not only just look pretty, but the meanings, feelings, and emotions behind them are what move me. You look up to so many writers, but I don't see you like any of them. In my eyes you are truly original. The way you elaborately and flawlessly explain in poetic detail the process of the imagination and the creative manifestations of it are nothing short of amazing. You are able to speak back what might come across as abstract punctualities of intellect, you in fact actually speak back written words of the process itself, and everything in-between.

    I love how you speak of this balance as new creative energies emerge from the surface of things. How you speak about the manuscript not realizing what is happening. You make it appear as if the new found creative energies are a living thing, and the manuscript is something yet mechanical but still alive, in a different sense at least.

    You speak of the temptations to run rampant with those same energies, to get lost into it all like the dreams we forget. But yet still having to find and keep the connections intact. For without the connections the original intentions could very well be lost altogether.

    This is the best writing advice I have ever read in my life. The only one thing that I feel that is impossible for me is the patience part. As vital as I'm sure it is, it just isn't that way for me unfortunately. I force the river, I always have I guess it's just how I was wired, or perhaps how I wired myself over the years. But even still it's great advice/insight.

    I love how you said the writer's ego is fickle. That's so true.

    On the divide tasks part I love how you talk about trusting yourself. It's almost like you are talking about trusting your intuitions and instincts and not getting so lost into the mechanical aspects of writing or the goals/ambitions we set for ourselves that are not aligned or in sync with our creative minds process. That probably is what you are talking about. Well that's how it feels to me for sure. Like I said before your words could hold so many different meanings inside of them. Even if you meant it only one way, there are still other meanings born from that original intention. I resonate very well with you because of your ability to tap into the subconscious mind almost semi-consciously. I can tell it is something you have crafted for years and you are exceptional at it.

    Adhere to timeline, Sustain lyrical, balance amplification all great parts.

    I really liked the updating worldview part. That to me sounds like am ability that is gained over routine and experience. It's so easy to get locked and zoned in on a certain perception of reality as you are tuned into a part of the writing, whether it be characters or story or whatever. This idea of stopping and zooming out of this locked perception to regain an overall perception of things is genius. The way you describe it is very helpful indeed.

    I feel like I have found the lost secret writing tips of the ages or something. These things you share are invaluable for the creative mind. I love how you say that you will be rewarded more for the "emerging creative vision" rather than the systematic reform you would get from re-reading and reevaluating yourself hence cutting the emerging creative vision short or at least not giving it enough room to breathe.

    And yes, the emotions are the most important in my eyes. They are the driving force for the soul, the chariot that carries the words directly from the source.

    You are amazing and thank you because your words inspire me and make me want to do great things. You are truly magical and I'm grateful to have met you.

    1. Joshua, I am so pleased you found this post both inspiring and helpful. I have tried over this past year to consolidate theories and methods which have worked for me and I am entieley rewarded that you will find some benefit in what has been shared.
      If patience is not part of your landscape, at present, then go forward with urgency and passion. Let emotion guide you and I have no doubt you will create something brillian, vivid and utterly original.
      As always, your generous feedback and support has made me feel like this process is worthwhile. Thank you for being so wonderful. I am glad to have met you, as well.

  2. Wow really good post!!! My creativity always needs a good charge! :P

    1. Thank you so much for the positive feedback. Best of luck to you in your creative work.