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. Aggressive 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 I was able to act during my teenage years as well. 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. But as an adult, I do not use this technique often because I can get tired this way. A better alternative is to just sit down and write something.

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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Producing Creative Drafts

Dreams and writing have significant number of overlaps. Both are very creative processes and both require effort and understanding. Writers create first, second, and third drafts; discard several pieces of their written material; finalize their works alone or with the help of other writers or editors; and compose pieces that belong to different genres. Its a laborious and complex process, which a lot of us find arduous but attractive. Lucid dreams are the similar in this manner. Dreamers generate their first drafts while asleep; combine multiple dreams into one piece or publish the dream as it was originally conceived; acquire new dreaming techniques by collaborating with dreamers and researchers; and use multiple techniques to ensure that their minds don’t feel bored due to a limited number of techniques. Both writing and dreaming are examples of psychic phenomenon. How do you think great writers end up creating series of novels? How can they think so much? And, how do you think dreamers can dream of so many different things without being conscious in the sense of being awake? In conclusion, that irritating itch to keep writing can be enhanced considerably by combining waking moments with the distinguishing truths of the dreamscape.

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What is a “Less Creative Thing?”

“Less Creative Things” are the building blocks of “More Creative Things”. In the video, “How to Overcome Creative Blocks & Writer’s Block“, Leo discusses some key lessons that every creative artist must learn and realize. For instance, the ups and downs of artists dictates both “less creative” and “more creative” works. Leo also mentions that doing “less urgent” tasks─I believe he meant “less creative” tasks─helps you move your projects further easily.

I have always agreed with Leo on this point. For instance, a portion of my blog is very basic because some of the content is utilizing links and videos while reiterating the points mentioned by someone else. But, this “crappy and unnecessary material” is part of the initial brainstorm─the skeleton that helps the entire body exist and move─for bigger and better pieces that will come later on. The social media platforms are the second “less urgent” and “less creative” part of my writing project. The great thing about stubbornly establishing a social media presence is the new capability of building and expanding a fan and networking base. The third basic part of my approach is the use of less expressive vocabulary. I learned this rule of employing “layman’s terms” while blogging in one of the Online Documentation courses. You can generate more brainstorms this way, and you can also connect to almost anyone without much effort this way. Thus, the more imaginative tasks might still be partially untouched, but all the bare-bones are completely at your disposal.

Isn’t this all very tricky! 🙂

Below, you will see what a less creative discussion might eventually achieve. My knowledge of Philosophy and my ex-fiance’s undying need to improve my writing skills have helped me write this dialogue. My ex-fiance is a Belgian, and I chose to work with him because connecting with other races is a very creative thing to do—he had Dyslexia so I found him very smart, adorable, and easy to understand. Oh! This dialogue isn’t a commentary on Atheism, which I feel is allowed by some religions like Islam. Steven (my ex-fiance) used to defeat me in chess in matter of minutes; and, if you look closely at this dialogue it is abrupt like those games of chess.

Philosopher: You know John Dunphy is a very famous writer who thinks that there is a religion for atheists. Are you stunned?
Average Joe: Oh darn! Does that mean you don’t know…that…hehehe! What? (looks at him doubtfully) Why do you want to know that I am stunned?
Philosopher: Laugh less so that I can explain this to you.
Average Joe: No! I don’t wanna laugh less. What do you mean laugh less? Who are you again?
Philosopher: You know philosophers believe in notions and movements that can vibrate through…
Average Joe: When you say “vibrate through”…I must tell you, there is nothing in my head…hehehe! I think lots of philosophers are just trying to confuse us. But, you got to tell me if “vibrating” is a good or bad word? I mean although I don’t know what it means, I still feel sexually aroused when you say it. What does this kind of sexual arousal mean?
Philosopher: (avoids answering the posed question and changes the topic of their discussion) Every human has another deeper self and thus religion and atheism still tie in.
Average Joe: You mean there are two of you…
Philosopher: (explains in a more understanding tone) You must first understand that philosophy is a motion.
Average Joe: Motion…you mean it causes humans to poo. I am sorry! But, what do you mean by “motion”?
Philosopher: (finally gets confused) Poo! Yeah! Maybe, it does…No! it means…
Average Joe: I got no clue what you are trying to say, poor fellow. But if you want, I can buy your own ripped book and just hold it and look smart. People will think that my Maslow Triangle is fully satisfied and accept me more.
Philosopher: Maslow Triangle! You know about that and you don’t know about atheism. (thinks “how dare you?”) How’s that?
Average Joe: I am not talking to you anymore. I don’t know what this philosophy says, and I don’t want to know. I want to drive my brother’s wagon all day. I will drive it up the hill and then back. Then, I will collect some hats from my neighbors and try selling them for a buck each.
Philosopher: Go away! I don’t know why I am talking to you anyways. I will teach someone else and you shall teach yourself. You have been “punished” simply because you took this book from me. And, its ripped! (slaps his opponent’s fist lightly with a small book and hisses a “hush”)
Average Joe: Man! this dude has lost his nuts. Someone do something….You have wisdom. You have skeleton. And, I have “punishment”. Seriously!
Philosopher: I didn’t mean “punished” as you see it on routine basis…
Average Joe: (relaxes) Ahh! This philosophy thing is sounding too easy. I bet I will look like Socrates when I go around in the market bothering people with whatever I know. I even know some sitting poses that some philosophers perform. But, if I were versed in these positions, then no one would want me as a businessman. I mean how many business professionals have you met who are constantly holding their forehead, head, chin, knees, and God knows what else while thinking or writing. You know, I found philosophers’ pics on the net so now I can sit like this too.
Philosopher: (finally starts feeling puzzled and dismayed) I think I got to run.
Average Joe: (thinks everything is still alright inside the philosopher’s head) Okay! Bye Bye. (there is too much on my mind. Om, Om, Om) How does he talk so much? Oh boy, coy, soy, toy, plow. I think I know as many words as he does. But, what if he is lying? I mean philosophers do all sorts of things. I know they have these silly sitting poses just so that people may feel baffled enough to think that they are “too smart.”
Philosopher: Today I have fallen in love.
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