Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Invisible Hand Guiding Our Writing
This post is inspired by a comment made by my blog and writing mentor Lia Keyes.
Here is her comment on my post Ganesha’s Symbolism for Writers “What a lovely idea, Rachna, to tie your spiritual beliefs to your writing. I do think that writers who stop trying to direct their writing from a factual place within themselves and instead listen to a higher source, as though taking dictation, tend to end up with a more soulful end result that moves readers more deeply.”
Lia’s comment resonates with me. Because I too believe that we have an Invisible Hand Guiding our Writing from a far off place. Sometimes the stories our dictated to us. At other times key points are whispered into our ears so that we are able to build a story based on that. Actually if we come down to it where do we get our ideas and thoughts from. There has to be a larger source of ideas from where we tap our story ideas. The reservoir of ideas I believe is held by the power who controls us. We may call it by different names.
This super power is not only responsible for our ideas but also whispers in our ears to work on those ideas. He gives us the patience and dedication and infuses in us the passion to pursue our dream. Have you noticed how from a basic seed (germ of an idea) we are able to weave tales of hundred odd pages, add all kinds of characters, write thousands of words that make a huge impact on our readers. Whenever we are weighed down by pressure, something or the other is always there to ease our burden. When we are plumbing the depths of despair, in a strange but surprising way a small good news drops into our laps. It could be a critic partner’s fabulous feedback, a blog award, news about a manuscript or story we had sent somewhere. This Invisible Hand is always quick to brush away our tears.
Its this Invisible Hand that sweeps away the Writer’s Block that crops up at frequent intervals in our lives. At those times when we are stuck, he is responsible for the AHA moments that help us in crossing the big hurdles.
Its always God’s subtle hand that sees us creating anything beautiful. Many writers see glimpses of their stories in dreams. Others have visions where their characters come to life. The Muse who I consider God’s messenger for Scribes carries the messages to our brains. Any thing of beauty has God’s hand behind it: at times supporting the effort, at other times urging us along and many times holding us when we fall.
Several times when I am stuck big time I have seen that Invisible Hand coming to my rescue in different ways. Maybe a conversation with a friend helps in untangling the plot, sometimes while watching a movie my story unravels in my mind. Many times story ideas pop into my mind when I least expect it. Something I see on the road motivates me to change my character’s behaviour or goal.
What about the Invisible Hand Guiding your Stories? How have you felt that divine presence? Will you share your experiences with us?