‘Your sensibilities have to be retrained so that they catch what others miss.‘-Teju Cole
WordPress Daily has some brilliant articles on blogging tips and writing skills, well worth exploring. One of my favourite publications offering ‘Writing Tips’ is an eight chapter narrative written by author Teju Cole, entitled Eight Letters to a young writer.
It is simply presented, short, and loaded with the tricks of the trade. I enjoyed it immensely.
Below is an exerpt from a section of this publication highlighting the importance of viewing ‘normal everyday things’ with new eyes-in order to re-discover their beauty or their horror. This is where meticulous observation of all things is essential to the texture of the writers word.
‘Your sensibilities have to be retrained so that they catch what others miss. This reformed vision is what will allow you to extract sorrow and beauty out of the seemingly-banal texture of the everyday. And that reformation comes about by taking the risk of being foolish, by learning to look askance at things that you know very well. In other words, look at your environment as though you were a child, or a foreigner, or an alien from another planet.’
-Eight letters to a young writer-Teju Cole
Personally, I have a particular interest in pulling apart some of the best creative minds in history. How do they think? What do they think? Why do they write the way they do? What is it about their writing that sets them apart? and Who are they when they are not in pen mode?
My writing is often an extension of myself. A conglomerate of personal thoughts and feelings thrown together and splashed on a page, whether disguised in character form, or as a personal narrative. However, some writers pledge they have the ability to write in a voice that is not theirs. In my opinion, if done well, that’s true talent. To gain the readers trust and belief in their story, without drawing from their personal experiences or emotions allows for an unlimited writing platform.
I will be sharing my literary treasures with you as I uncover them, purely for the purpose of inspiring your writing minds.
I don’t know about you, but something happens to me when I read a piece of writing that truly moves me. I guess I am reminded that words truly can make magic.