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From A Writer’s Year by Sally J. Walker

November 24

“A Creative’s Mental Calisthenics”

Take a chance and stretch yourself to try something new, a new genre, a new sentence structure, a more demanding writing discipline. The effort will force you to focus and think in new patterns AND the results will most likely startle you. When you force yourself to THINK differently, to consider alternative methods of creating, you open latent pathways in your mind.

There is the psychology theory that from birth and throughout life the mind forgets absolutely nothing. So we humans catalogue even a glimpse of an image or the spark of an idea, but if we do not need that recording to relate to our world, the imprint on the brain tissue is bypassed. Only when we reuse neural pathways do thoughts and memories come easily. That is the philosophy that has proven itself when we memorize by repetition.

I challenge you to consider some idea, some information that seems entirely new to you and creatively manipulate it. Engage in mental calisthenics that challenge you to be and do more beyond your comfort zone. Discover something new about yourself then work that novelty until you can analyze both the positive effects and the negative. Just sampling is not sufficient because you will tend to discount any initially negative results. Only by truly investing a sincere effort can you CREATE something new. It may not be new to the world, but it will be a new awareness, a new appreciation in your mind.

That is a primal motivation in the CREATIVE soul. Turn an idea into a reflection of your unique view of life. Your art must reflect your life as seen in your mind. So discover new things just waiting to challenge that life. Feel the tingling of what it means to be alive? Push yourself. Create. Now.

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From A Writer’s Year by Sally J. Walker

November 17

“Using Spontaneity’s Complications”

What happens when a “spontaneous personality” results in a choice that has devastating and permanent results?

I know many people who are not “considerate” decision makers. They rely on knowledge at the surface of their consciousness to make spur-of-the-moment decisions. Some choices are out of the habit of given X-situation, Y-action is necessary. That’s reasonable, because habit means the most common, predictable outcome will result. Then there is the one time disaster results because of unknown contributing factors. Guilt is inevitable or rationalization of “But Y-action always worked before!” No one can truly predict results 100% of the time. The majority of these people evaluate, learn and move on, usually with a more cautious attitude.

But there is the personality who lives in a more shallow plain of existence, who is flippant, careless or a born risk-taker who discounts impact on others. When an instantaneous choice has a catastrophic result, these people can be either clueless or crushed with the sudden realization of the consequences THEY caused. They get an unpredicted “wake-up call” that their actions changed lives in ways they hadn’t considered.

Both of these scenarios provide rich possibilities for a story teller. So much of living is a matter of trial and error learning of consequences, but when those consequences create a domino effect with dire results, the originator can be faced with a major personality challenge. Accept responsibility and change or work hard to block even acknowledging the poor choice. That moment of realization can be a vital moment in one person’s life journey. Hm, it could even effect much, much more beyond the person’s known sphere of reference.

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