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Creativity is a subtle and magnificent dance between the rational and the
intuitive, between the left and right parts of the brains, between technique
and imagination. Both partners in this dance are absolutely necessary and
are needed in equal proportion, which means that imagination is not more
important than technique and visa versa.
If you only live in the imagination, you will never get
organised, you will never complete your story. However, if you start from the rational, linear,
organisational part of the process, (i.e. Gotta have the perfect opening
sentence and first paragraph… better yet, an outline…) you will never fall
into the rich, passionate cosmic landscape of the imagination where anything
Overwhelming, the main problem I have seen in my thirty years of teaching
writing is over-dependence on the rational part of the equation. People want
to get the story written and "get it out". They want to leapfrog the
process, get the words down on the page and finish the story. Not that there
is anything wrong with finishing your story! There's not. It is a great
accomplishment, one to be celebrated, regardless of whether or not the story
or book ever gets accepted for publication! However, it is in the writing
that the writer experiences the deeper life-enhancing journey of creativity.
There are so many examples of ways we short-cut the gifts the creative
process offers. Take, for example, the adage, "Write what you
know". If you write from what you know, if you remain slavish to the facts of what
happened, you are writing out of your conscious mind and will remain stuck
in the straightjacket of your conscious perception of
"reality". This is contradictory to creativity which, by definitions, is brings into existence
that which has not been before.
That said, there is nothing wrong with using your life or any aspect of your
experiences as a jumping off point or a doorway into the unconscious. The
key is not to be slavish to the known. Rather we need to have our writer's
antenna on the lookout for the doorway into the unknown and the unseen.
Gertrude Stein put it this way: "You cannot go into the womb to form the
child... What will be best in it (your writing) is what your really do not
know now. If you knew it all it would not be creation but dictation."
About the author Emily
Hanlon has been a writing coach for over thirty years. She
demystifies the writing process with her two pronged approach of
teaching technique and unleashing creativity. In addition to
private coaching, she offers, workshops, retreats, teleseminars
and teleworkshops. Her novel, Petersburg, reached the
best sellers list in England. In addition to five other works of
fiction, she has written a book on writing, The Art of
Fiction Writing or How to Fall Down the Rabbit Hole Without
Really Trying. Her websites are: http://www.thefictionwritersjourney.com and
competition for free magazine Kudos is offering a free copy
of the magazine for the best haiku,
quatrain, or limerick incorporating the words
"Manga Jiman" submitted by
email before July 31, 2009. The best
entries may be considered for
publication in Orbis.