Clarity. One of the vital keys for me as a writer is to possess levels of clarity. The more pristine and vibrant my inner eye, the more powerful my writing and my imagination. In the world of chaos (creativity), a writer needs to pull out something which owns meaning. Ok, at least I think so.
Have you ever written gobbledygook? I have. Often. Too much of that comes from a lack of clarity. My mind is muddied and the ideas floating around are chunks of something, but they’re covered in dirt or opaque meanings.
I’m searching for diamond-gleaming, crystal-clear clarity. I want to write ideas and concepts which impact others. I search for the grail of stories and information which serve to motivate and inspire and make folk think. One of the ways I accomplish this is to trust what motivates and inspires me and makes me think.
We all love to believe we are different. We are individuals with our own personal views of this world. And we are correct! We’re like snowflakes, no two of us exactly alike. Yet we share something. We share a key element which ties us, bonds us, into a collective, if you will. We have the power and gift of communication. We possess the incredible ability to think and conceive. We, as humans, share common ground by these things. Yes, we each own a unique perspective of life. But we share the characteristics of thought and creativity.
When our minds are fogged, we struggle with clarity. Each person I know uses a different means to clear their mind. Many don’t know they even need to clear their mind though. This sounds simple and logical enough. Attain clarity and you will write something of consequence. But we seem to like the muddy aspects of our minds because we don’t have to work as hard and we may simply guess at what we’re seeing.
Pursuing the pinnacle of our creativity calls for an investment of time and internal effort to glean the best of what flies about wantonly in our heads and hearts. Clarity remains the vital key. There’s such a fine line to walk with clarity, however. Too much analysis and creativity scuttles away.
For me, clarity stands as the intent, the clear intent, to write something particular. I am currently writing a sci-fi novel. I should restate that, I currently am working on the clarity of what I want my sci-fi novel to look like. I also am working on the clarity of “permission” to write the book. For some reason, I’ve fought the desire to write this book. Now, I’m seeing what kind of book I want to write. The way I was about to go about writing the book was far too timid and laid back. Clarity has given me a more pronounced, in-your-face view of the book.
I am now more satisfied with my direction and I am more anxious to write the book than ever. I needed to gain a better perspective of what I want my book to look like. The content of the book, and where the characters and creativity (muse) takes me, will come.
Who knows? Maybe I’m the only one who struggles to write a book they’re dying to write. I could not figure out what was stopping me. I’ve actually written over twelve manuscripts since I formulated my idea for this book. I’ve camped the book on the back-burner of my list of projects for years. Now, I feel I’m ready.
As writers we play with the mind. We play with our own minds writing our books, then we play with the readers’ minds. Some clarity of purpose helps up front. I want my novel to not only entertain, I want the deeper meanings behind the words to come through. Like Stephen King said, “Fiction is the truth within the lie.”
When I write a book like “Go Write and You Won’t Go Wrong ~ How to Write Your Book in 30 Days!” in the clarity of my desire to write this book, I wanted to help people do something I know how to do. Not only did I want to help them, I wanted to give them a “rinse-and-repeat” experience which would help them throughout their lives.
Do you have to possess this “clarity” to write a book? No. But, for me, owning this kind of clarity helps my motivation, inspiration, and action. Clarity may be as simple as “I simply wish to entertain people.” We don’t have to make this complicated. Once you gain the clarity, I find writing the book comes a lot easier…