When we started this blog we provided a schedule of our expected post subjects. Quite a few people have joined us since then and we’ve decided to change it a bit, so here’s our new subject plan: First Mondays—Wine. Second Mondays—Albuquerque’s art and Albuquerque. Third Mondays—Writing suggestions for beginners. Fourth Mondays—Writing and science for kids. Fifth Mondays, when they occur—Fearless promotion of our books.
To be a visionary you need a vision. You want to be a writer with the eyes of a visionary. A vision is the light at the end of the tunnel but beware of trains that rush toward you through the dark of night. The psychics have power to envision an event or happening. “A vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with vision is making a positive difference,” Joel Barker.
Writers need to envision themselves, like the late Mohammed Ali, as the greatest. Use the “sense of sight” to picture the story. What are the important features? Make use of colors and size to see the characters, setting and place of action. Now add the sense of hearing. What sounds are around? Are the noises loud, soft, shrill or soothing to fit the mood of the scene. Hear the words in the sentence order. Do the words have rhythm and do these pieces of alphabet have a flow?
It’s time to work on aromas, and other olfactory sensations be it weather changes, fear, smells of animals or humans. The scent of printer ink, shoe polish, left over pizza from lunch or the scent from flowers blooming on the window sill are smelly points to relay in your writing.
Taste sensations can be imagined or real. Let the taste run the gamut in the mouth, over the tongue to the waiting taste buds to be related in intimate detail. Now add the feel part of the writing. The texture of the food. The hardness of the chair the body is seated on. Tune in to the mood of the character in the chair.
Is your vision blurred with the jargon? Helen Keller’s quote, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision,” is apropos. “Your vision may be a dream so keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe” is Gail Devers advice.
You can see clearly. You have belief in yourself. As a writer you keep your sights on your vision-dreams and continue to plan, to create and to write. Here’s lookin’ at you go for it, be the writer you can be.