“Remove from your soul, therefore, all that is superfluous, straighten out all that is crooked, purify and illuminate what is obscure, and do not cease perfecting your statue until the divine resplendence of virtue shines forth upon your sight.” – Plotinus
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Get down and touch the ground techniques for creative writing is an introspective way to activate the imagination and elicit ideas to keep our pen flowing. In the spirit of Plotinus withdraw into yourself and look, ‘if you do not yet therein discover beauty, do as the artist, who cuts off, polishes and purifies, until she has adorned her statue with all the marks of beauty.’ By entering into a mental space that allows for a freedom of thought, a non reactive mode of existence, we enter a stream of sorts that naturally carries us along without resistance or contention. Here we find a ground of being in which potential lives and breathes unhindered, forever yearning to bud through creativity, a perennial wisdom by which our souls are replenished, and a song by which all things harmoniously dance.
As we wait for the elevator technician to show up, the conversation begins to glisten with anticipation of another kind. At first her laughter is shallow with nervous scraping, but soon it deepens and permeates the entire space. Maybe this is a dream, so I focus all my attention on that which naturally beckons me… her lips. Her lips are no longer dry or tightly pressed together. They are moist and soft as gentleness. Heaven have mercy, ah, the bewilderment of the heart, now her eyes are blinking in slow motion, and her smile removes all sense of self. There is a layer of mist growing thicker on the mirrors, concealing her thousand reflections. We have fallen back into the womb of life with only one singular intention, and love is its name.
Thank you Ralf for the incentive to follow up with the elevator story from the last episode, which happens to be 100 percent fiction by the way. However, some of our shared experiences will be drafted into this series, so hold on your hat me old trout.
Danke schön, Georg, for helping me to bring the muses into play. Everybody listen closely to what Georg wrote me: I listened with great joy and increasing admiration to your first episode, Jason. It´s fantastic! You appear like a pro!
He goes on to say: All in all a perfect synthesis of entertainment, instruction and making it a personal experience.
Well Georg, I am ever so grateful for your encouragement.
My third and final shout-out before we get things underway is to my brother Moe. Thank you tenfold for your faith in the life giving power of the word. For by, through and with it, all things participate in creativity.
This is the second episode of the Creative Writing Tips podcast. I am your host Jason Youngman. It’s early September 2019. One of the more beautiful months of the year here in Atlantic Canada. Soon the leaves will turn colour and mother nature will prepare us for the long cold night of winter. Parents are happy because their kids are back in school. It’s an occasion for new beginnings for many of us.
Anywho, my objective for today’s podcast is to get your creative juices flowing. That is to introduce you to a way to turn an ordinary experience into an engaging one, by using creativity to shake up the mix and transform it into some kind of wonderful.
Now before we get things under way I would like to say a few words about my personal style. Being Canadian and all some of my jokes are not going to phase you, so if it sounds like I’m saying something really absurd, then that might be a good indication that humour is being applied. So let’s put the show on the road.
Over the years I worked at some call centres. For the most part we receive phone calls from Americans. As your customer service representative it was my job to troubleshoot your cell phone and internet issues. Most of you were happy as a pig in mud to get me on the phone because of my communication skills and proficiency with English.
But do you want to know what made your phone calls with me all the more enjoyable? It was my ability to tell you a good yarn. A yarn you say, what the hec is that! A yarn is a story you make up that is suited to the person or group you are speaking with. In other words I was creating stories for you on the spot. For example it could be about living in an igloo – a dome shaped house made out of hard snow – or how it was my turn to carry kindle to work to fuel the wood stove to keep us all warm up here in our one room call centre. Yes that was me pulling your pinky finger, and the stories would get more and more ludicrous as the time went by, until you realized that there was no way such events could be true. Meanwhile your technical issue was in the process of being resolved and your stress level was diminished.
And that ladies and gentlemen is the gist of today’s talk, namely how to use creativity to turn a seemingly ordinary event into a positively constructive one. But how do we get our pen into motion here? Once the story has been vocalized then it’s usually a breeze to get it down on paper. Another option is just to keep adding onto the story. Make it your goal to gradually stretch it out so that it takes the listener or reader longer to know that he or she is being fed a good old fashion yarn.
In the next episode we’ll take this technique a step further. We’ll choose a negative experience and turn it into a positive one. By turning the negative on its head we are bound to make discoveries, and create content by which to keep our pen flowing. My name is Jason Youngman. Your host of Creative Writing Tips. Until next week, happy writing.