I’m currently in the beginning stages of writing my first novel. I’ve written plays and short films before, but never a novel. The format is so different, not being reliant on dialogue and actors to complete the storytelling. The entire process is up to me, to tell the story from start to finish. The paint on the wall, the smell, the feeling in the air is all up to me and whatever vocabulary I have.
It’s the most direct line of communication I’ve ever had with an audience. My words have always been filtered through several channels of creative input before finally emerging into the world. But here I am, just me and this story. Nothing interpreted oddly from the wrong use of lighting or ineffectively communicated from lack of operational budget. No filter. Me to you. Just the words and our imaginations.
Did you ever notice that people who are truly successful tend to be called artists, visionaries, great creative minds?
I’ve never heard of a person making it because they slaved better than everybody else.
Perhaps we’ve been fooled into thinking that hard work will solve everything. Perhaps sitting in a classroom for many hours being told to not speak, don’t move and memorize all this information because it will be on the test was not the most effective way of raising people to live lives that will be filled with love and possibility to change the world.
Perhaps, we’ve been so ingrained in this system that we have no idea what we want?
Slow down, take a step back and look at the big picture. Where do your eyes go? Perhaps that is where you should be going.
1) Person vs Person
2) Person vs Nature
3) Person vs Animal
4) Person vs God
5). Person vs No one
All plots boil down to a variation of one of these conflicts. There is nothing truly new, unique or earth shattering about any story idea you think of.
What is truly new, unique and maybe even earth shattering is the way you tell the story. There is no duplicating your perspective, your style, your sensibilities because they are based in things that only you have gone through. Nobody can ever do it like you.
The only problem now is you have to do it. And do it in a way that is truly honest to you.
Humans are the only thing on the planet with the capacity for reflection and creativity. But why? Where does this come from?
I’ve read a theory that creativity is an evolution of our ability to make predictions for the future. Humans have never been the most physically dominant species on the planet. Because we couldn’t chase down faster prey, we started developing an ability to predict where an animal might be based on our knowledge of its speed, stamina, etc. And as this ability to predict and plan evolved, we grew to become the top of the food chain.
Which I believe leads to creativity and expression. For a significant portion of people, we’ve conquered the necessities for living. Most of us have roofs over our heads, enough food to eat and clothes to wear. But what then? Within our relative comforts, a question unknown to everything else on this planet arises.
Why are we here?
And so we arrive at art and religion. We passed a certain threshold in understanding the world around us before we started going inwards. Where that threshold was, I can’t begin to imagine. But at some point, we started imagining gods or perhaps, God. We started drawing pictures and thinking of stories to somehow explain things that we were becoming aware of and had no explanation for. We started singing songs and drawing on cave walls because of an urge, a need to understand ourselves.
Because at some point, we realized that part of understanding the world, was understanding ourselves.