Creating a More Spontaneous Approach to Writing

I am listening to some of my recordings about women abuse and entertaining lucid dreams. They aren’t straightforward and sometimes I am acting. They feel very impressive although they are just the first draft. Listening to myself feels very difficult because my voice has a certain sort of resonance or vibration to it─this has been noticed by those who have come across me─ and its not just my smart approach and use of literary devices. Its very confusing hearing myself out because I end up sounding more creative when I am being spontaneous─I hope my eyes don’t fall out of my sockets; some of the recordings are really that fast. By the way, these recordings are a response to a comment by one of the judges whom I met at one of the events where I gave a performance. He told me that he felt very stupefied after hearing my poetry and then he commented, “I wonder how amazing you would sound if you were to act a little more spontaneous”.
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Brainstorming as a Character

This is a hectic technique because it requires use of acting and writing skills. You can do this routine in small chunks; you just need to know where each snippet is saved. To accomplish this technique, you will have to role play and imagine being in the position of your character─be spontaneous and shocking. I use this technique to handle characters who are a little foreign to me or who have so many aspects that it is tough to imagine them comprehensively. For instance, for my upcoming novel Saryan, I am brainstorming to figure out the way the cops/detectives react, behave, and think. During this routine, you will have to use your mental and physical notepads to scratch the surface of your observations and then scratch what lies beneath. Here you are not only building your character but you are also learning how to make this character stand out. This session will have two phases: brainstorming phase and then an expansion phase. During the expansion phase, you will take your brainstormed content and re-imagine it within the setting of your novel.

Here are some ideas I just generated while creating the cops/detectives for my upcoming novel Saryan:

  • Always give them the benefit of doubt while acting nice or getting along.
  • Always suspect everyone.
  • Always take mental notes of everything that you observe and see.
  • Listen to all the nonsense crap someone is saying. There are clues in there.
  • Be supportive of community. People think, “We have found a good cop. Life will work out this way.” That’s how people share information with you.
  • Sometimes, they tease to intimidate you or for fun. They think if they should be teasing everyone who belong to a group or just be selective about it.
  • Think in a scattered way without feeling an obligation to agree with his/her peers. For instance, “What’s this other sound? No! that other sound. Where is it coming from?”
  • Able to form concrete conclusions by using less evidence. Hence, the line, “You might be ahead criminal, but I am 10 points ahead of you.”
  • Be secretive about things and hold back. This requires lots of patience and most people cannot do this at all.
  • Throw a litmus paper test to see if someone is on your side or not.

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Act It All The Way Through

Writers can learn from actors because acting is inherently linked to writing. I know this because I have always felt drawn to the actors and their minds─like Charles Dickens, I am an ENFP who likes to act because it drives her mad with pleasure. When some writers are thinking of fun things to say or different ways of conveying the same message, they mumble sentences to themselves. Others prefer to close their eyes, zone out, and think. Rigorous writers like me use brute forcing to create characters and dialogues by acting in front of a mirror.

I have been acting in front of the mirror or playing make-believe games ever since I was a child. Because I wasn’t formally introduced to any professional writers as a child, I did not knew what this need to act meant. In one game, I used to hold my hands up after twisting them at my back and then circle the room for like an hour or so. Mom used to feel puzzled at this game; so I would tell her, “I am the penguin.” I used to feel somewhat puzzled at myself when similar behaviour continued during my teenage years. While I was attending high school, I would secretly enjoy acting as a teacher and writing on walls while teaching imaginary children. Only as an adult, I realized that this acting was actually assisting me in designing dialogues while interacting with imaginary characters.

As you tap into your in-built secrets that will allow you to become more versed in writing, remember to record yourself every time you are acting things out. You will feel very surprised at the variation in speech and style that occurs during these moments. Read “5 Secrets Writers Can Learn from Actors” to learn all the savvy details of this issue.

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Studying and Creating Characters

Study 16 Personality Styles  and those around you if you wish to study or create characters. Get a notepad and write down personality traits and associated behaviours. Think of yourself as a Psychologist who is examining patients or an Ecologist who is reviewing the environment. Below is an example that will help you figure things out.

Listen to the song “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”. Just like me, Ariel is an ENFP; and, thus she is the most critical character (factor) in this fairytale. It doesn’t take more than one song to figure out how an ENFP behaves or thinks. That’s how every personality type has some strengths or weaknesses that make them shine no matter what. Just like me, Ariel likes keeping memorable objects (thingamabobs), reading books, dancing, and connecting and falling in love with people. Inside our innocent minds, little things become very significant; such as, the gadgets or pins that a friend offered ten years ago. Another similarity between us is that we both easily fall for natural elements like sand, fire, sea, and humans. In addition, we both instinctively know how to help people think and react properly; but, when the time is right, both of us fight back with whatever we have got on her hands. Just like me, Ariel defines the world around her through her intelligence, wit, and courage; at the same time, we are both outliers (different). That’s how, we always keeps wishing that we want to be “part of the world” that has already accepted or rejected us.

You see what I mean!

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Staying Creative and Genuine

Staying creative while sounding genuine requires the writer to learn that they are required to document things as much as they can and that everything they write won’t be published. This is a hard lesson for all the writers because of the level of attachment they have with their ideas. To overcome this gap, I save all of my written ideas or brainstorms and review them after several months; and, I try to stay close to anyone who has inspired me by sending them Thank You cards or Twitter Likes. This activity helps me detach myself from my writings partially so that its easier for me to reanalyze my creative works while deciding what should be formally published and what should be ignored. If you do things this way, you will realize that it becomes easier to erase previous memories and learn anew while fitting into any given circle of writers. Its like waking up from sleep and becoming eager to learn old concepts in a different manner or new concepts with heightened curiosity.

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Creating Plots and Subplot

I slept last night after rubbing my imaginary ring (totem) on my finger, thinking about some of my favorite writers, and my upcoming novel Saryan. I became lucid slowly during sleep, but I didn’t document my dream. Eventually, I woke up and stared at the ceiling to regain my focus. My eyes closed again and again due to fatigue. And, then I imagined or saw something queer on the ceiling. I have drawn what I imagined. I added words to it later after I was a bit more awake. I learned “Comparison” and “Juxtapositioning” in the classroom but “Mergence” is something I have not formally learned. What if my subconscious leaked out what it saw in some novels I have read?

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My last thought before I slept was how to merge “She: The Mirror” with “Saryan” even if it means merging only some portions. The images on the wall clearly showed me the images for the “Mergence” technique. Here are the definitions for the three techniques I intend to use in my new novel:

Comparison: If you wish to maintain original sequences, then use comparison to show cause and effect as well as change in character.

Juxtapositioning: If you wish to keep your subplot independent from the plot, then juxtapose them; i.e., offer comparison and contrast by keeping subplot and plot side by side.

Mergence: If you wish to merge your plot and subplot, then you can either slowly fully merge one into the other (first pic) or connect them at only some points (second pic). Later method would allow you to show any kind of relationship between only specific points while leaving the rest of the chunks untouched.

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I Write Like

If you wish to understand your writing style, then you should create some content while awake or sleep. When his arduous task is complete─all this is strenuous for the mind  because finding dream content requires relaxing my body and mind─use I Write Like to figure out which author you sound more closer to. Then, borrow some of their books from the library and read them slowly. Most certainly, you will fall deeper in love with them.

Below, I have mentioned some writers whose writing style should be easier for me to learn and apply. Oh! I haven’t quiet read all of these writers in detail, but the patterns are still there by default─most of these writers aren’t mentioned in my list of favorites.

David Foster Wallace

Scent-Based Telepathy
Multiplying
Parabola and Time Travel
Vague Sentences are More Creative
Energy Enhancement – Part 1
Vibe Size
Creating Murder Mysteries through Dreams
My Sex Partner

Vladimir Nabokov

Abstract Psychic

Chance or Destined Events?
I Daydream Often
Preserved
Ordinary Magical Objects
Dream Character: Dark Giant
Beckoning the “Dark Giant”
The Gift
Energy Enhancement – Part 2
3–4 AM
Heaps of Snow
Understanding the Two Selves

Leo Tolstoy

Reading
Something Watches Over Her

Arthur Conan Doyle

Did I Meet Carl Jung?

Stephen King

Study
Attachment Among Lucid Dreamers
Average Joe and Cop
Always Look Back
Dreams with Multiple Meanings
About my Upcoming Novel “Koh Kaaf”

Anne Rice

Unguarded

H.G. Wells

Lucid Paintings are Mobile
Flood, Food, and Mansion
Lucid Stargate

James Joyce

Politician and Average Joe
Average Joe

Cory Doctorow

Bonding and Psychic Phenomena

Arthur Clarke

Jinn and Lucid Dreaming
An Enigma: Realm of Jinns and Lucid Dreamers

Harry Harrison

Glowing Hands

Margaret Atwood

70%

Charles Dickens

True Friends
The Kid

Dan Brown

Bow of Theseus

J.K. Rowling

Knights of the Flying Carpet

James Fenimore Cooper

The Moment

Edgar Allan Poe

Seeing the Mystical

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Independent Learning

I am learning Twitter on my own. I AM ON MY OWN, which means that I am learning independently.  I had a Facebook account before; but I deleted it because it was causing too much pressure. It says FACEbook, which means “Your Face”, “Your Personal Life”, and “Your book or Private Diary”. That’s what it spells inside my mind. Well! the name of this utility is very psychological. Another thing that bothered me was that Facebook requested private government ID from a friend of mine to reactivate his account. I checked on the net, and found out that this weird policy is now affecting lots of independent businesses and professionals. I strongly believe that a social networking platform has no right to request this sort of information under any given circumstances. That’s why I deleted my Facebook. It’s useless!

I am finishing tutorials on Twitter, and I have also bought the PRO version of the Twitter application UpContent. From here onwards, its going to be a slow push in the right direction. Just like a mother delivers a baby, I shall publish my first book.

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Publication of My First Book

Originally Published On: Dec 23, 2016

I just removed some of my written content from both of my blogs because I am revisiting all of this. I intend to publish my poetry and prose together. As I launch on this heavy task, I am thinking back to how some poets rewrite their poems 100 times before they submit it for publication. Nice strategy!

Writing channels thoughts effectively and therapeutically, but all writers and poets must learn to walk the complete cycle, which includes the following:

  1. Studying courses like English, Philosophy, and Sociology
  2. Creating first drafts or final copies
  3. Performing for the public
  4. Establishing reliable connections
  5. Building an online presence
  6. Reviewing first set of drafts (includes adding new content like stronger vocabulary or relevant literary devices)
  7. Publishing the first book
  8. Selling your first book through online and offline marketing
  9. Repeating all of these steps for the next set of books

The way I perceive these steps is that they are actually designed to create new streams of thoughts that will channel the creation and publication of the next set of books. Most importantly, the publication of the first book will allow me to outline the next set of required steps, such as enrolling in specific courses, brainstorming or revisiting information needed for any upcoming books, and composing the second book. Remember that if you wish to be recognized or well-respected, then you must complete all of these steps.

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