Monday, April 12, 2010

An Explanation

I had someone ask what are writer's eyes? so I rewrote a blog I posted on LDS Writer's Blogck in 2006. This is the concept of this blog site.

Looking at Life through a Writer's Eyes

By Keith Fisher

Have you ever noticed the look on someone’s face as you explain why you love to watch people? Have you ever drafted a whole scenario to explain somebody’s expression? Did you love to play make-believe as a child? Have you ever seen a clump of grass up close and visualized the whole world existing below the blades?

Are your friends tired of you taking time to analyze the feasibility of a joke? Do you shush people while you listen to a rainstorm? Do you edit your daydreams?

If you answered yes to these questions you probably look at life through a writer’s eyes.

Writers, like children, see the wonder in common things. They lay on their belly gazing at the bare spots between clumps and grass and imagine Traveling through Tolkien’s Mirkwood Forest. The tiny sticks and little pebbles, become huge logs and boulders, under their watchful gaze.

Writers live in a world of imagination, grudgingly taking time to be adults and do adult things, but they are happy playing with their children and their children’s toys. They sit down, intending to write for ten minutes, and the next thing they know, it’s three a.m. and they have to get up in a couple of hours to go to work.

Writers take notes, they really do. Although, sometimes they are writing in church and miss the second meeting entirely, because they’re in the zone and they can’t bare to stop. Looking at life through writer’s eyes causes you to see a plot twist in your friend’s misfortunes. Of course you have sympathy for them, but you take mental notes for future stories.

No. There is nothing wrong with you, and there are many, many others with the same afflictions. We live our lives in a, what would happen if mode. While the rest of the world is starving for entertainment, we explore new worlds and write about what we find.

Your writer’s eyes will bless you in ways you cannot imagine. They help you see things other people miss. Things that open up myriad concepts, plot twists, character traits and sometimes whole stories, not only can be, but will be gleaned from a simple experience. Remember who gave you the talent and never abuse it. Keep your content clean and uplifting. Build others, the way your Father in Heaven has helped you.


L.T. Elliot said...

This is so beautiful, Keith. Just more proof of why I think you've got such talent. (And I've had that exact thought about blades of grass!)

roxy said...

Loved the imagery here. Thanks for an uplifting post.