As a writer there is nothing better than looking at a new page and planning what you are going to write. It’s a space where you can make wonderful words come alive into worlds and characters and settings that make you happy. You can create anything at all that you might think in your imagination.
One of the most troubling problems of a new page is writers block. It plagues even the most prolific writers from time to time who sit staring at a blank page and the possibilities just might not come in the moment. It’s a problem i’ve tended to solve with some simple and light hearted free writing. Write whatever comes to mind.
Think of something out of the ordinary or something you may find remarkably funny but never thought to write about. Funny always appeals to people so you can’t really go wrong. In the case that your free write might not be the best quality, it doesn’t actually matter so much. It might be that your giving yourself a hard time and a few free writes might unblock your brain to find the quality writing you know your capable of.
That’s why writers block is a very frustrating things sometimes for writers, they know the content they think about every day is there to be written down and expressed, but sometimes it just needs that free write nudge to be able to be revealed.
When you have a page with lots of words on it that you have written at another time, you may just stare in confusion. Take a minute to renew and refresh your brain of what you have been writing about and then you can have a fresh start and recovered look at your current writing project.
It’s always advisable if your writing in sections or by page to always look back and refresh your mind of the way you are writing that piece because then you can make sure that it’s all appropriately written in your own original style and tone that people will immediately be able to say ‘oh, yes, that’s by **your name**, he writes in such a consistent and refreshing way’.
After all we write because we want to educate, entertain and inform. That’s ultimately what it’s all about, doing the same thing as great writers before you but in a new and fresh way.
That fresh start that some good free writes will provide not only refreshes you to have to ability to write well and put quality words in place of the empty spaces on that new page, it renews happiness. I find that the best fresh start concerning writing occurs in a brightly lit area.
I have found that a dull writing environment only dulls my writing and the things I write. That’s why I try to always write in a brightly lit area and if I start to get a bit overwhelmed or sad, I take a break from writing and take my dog for a walk. Seeing my dog so happy also makes me happy and provides a new fresh start for me to write.
What’s the first thing you think about when starting a creative endeavour? Is it how great it will look? how much attention it might get? Is it the amount of money it might let you gain? Most of the time, for a lot of people, these things are seen as the most important aspects of a creative project. It's good to be proud, to appreciate how good it looks, or sounds or feels or tastes or works. It’s even greater to be rewarded for doing a creative endeavour, whether that be through the attention it generates or perhaps how much monetary gain it nets. The phrase ‘starving artist’ is thrown around a lot, because we still live in a society that deems the arts and creativity as a secondary thing. As though it will always be a lesser thing in mainstream society. This needs to change, and to do this we need to start being a lot more conscious in our creativity.
Art always has a deeper meaning, if it doesn’t what’s it really worth to society? Art always works to benefit our society in some way, and it doesn’t always have to be an explicit commentary or a life lesson. It can be something to make you think. It can be something that you look at and it makes you happy for the rest of the day when you have been feeling down. It can be a piece of literature that makes you inspired to write something yourself, and in turn you can benefit society in your own little way too.
People need to realise that it’s not always the most prolific artists who are the most successful. If you persist with your creativity than eventually you will surely catch someones eye. This is something you have always got to think to yourself. That your art is worthy and it has a purpose. The best pieces of art were not appreciated while their creative types that made them were alive or in a state of mind to really appreciate the impact their creativity and genius has. That’s what all art is that consciously seeks to have a purpose and change society for the better, it is genius. Genius because it’s something that will benefit human beings in the future. In turn though, if you seek to benefit from your creativity immediately without really putting much work into it, it will never really have a purpose. Seek to help and change something wrong about our society every time you create and it will turn into something of great purpose.
So the message today is to be conscious in your creativity. I’ve always written things that will spread some kind of message, even in the fiction novel i’m writing and editing at the moment, there are life lessons and messages in it that I hope will make people sit and think one day. Hopefully, and my whole goal in my creativity, my creative writing will one day help at least one person in some way. That will be my life complete.
In a world where we sometimes lose ourselves in the chaos of every day life it’s peculiar to think that art can have any impact in the changes we make as human beings on planet Earth. It’s odd to think that a sculpture, drawing, painting, poem or any piece of literature could make a difference. Artists have long been seen as people who can create beautiful things, yes, but nothing else. Art is seen as a middle class past time and something for the rich to obsess themselves over. When really, art has always been about informing and social change. Art has always been there to tell the stories that normal conversation and every day life can never successfully get across. It’s breaking through the barriers that we have put up over the thousands of years of creating our modern world.
Even when you look at a simple cave painting on the walls of a random cave in the middle of southern Spain, you would learn a lot from it. Archaeologists would jump at the chance to research such a great find, because the art that the cave people had done would now help modern humans understand what they were like.
This is where we are still going wrong as humans. Not fully appreciating the influence that art has over us. If it was not for art we would not have anything really that we hold dear. Music is not just tunes and words. It has the power to turn senile old people into the people they once were before their old age had taken over their brains, even if it’s just while they are listening to familiar music. This is a beautiful example of how art is being revealed as the wonderful medium for change it has actually always been.
Attitudes are changing. Attitudes are something that can be moulded and influenced should the right person be there to influence and make a difference. When we create art it has always been to do something. A painting of a Tudor monarch now provides the general look and style of the monarch when they were alive. A carved sculpture from the Roman era tells us that they were a lot more liberal than a majority of our planet is in the modern age. They show talent, yes. That will always be a main attractive, aesthetic quality to art. Art for change though is what the future will be filled with more and more. A way for art to influence attitudes that have yet to get with the times. Attitudes are mainly formed by what we see and read and listen to. What is art if not something we see, or read or listen to.
It doesn’t always have to be a masterpiece or a novel or a legendary symphony to change one persons attitude. More and more we see children’s drawings, writing, videos and short films online that rightly and perfectly ‘normalise’ issues like race and LBGTQ+ people. They perfectly and perhaps most importantly, quickly show the view that we are all just human and nothing else should matter when it really comes down to living and letting people live.
What’s It About?
The Bad Beginning introduces to the Baudelaire’s and their odd surroundings. It is the story of how they became orphans and met a terrible man who will be both their legal guardian, man who is trying to murder them and greatest enemy all in one. Olaf is the ultimate villain. A sadistic man that is strangely likeable in his quirkiness and ability to transform his character at the click of a finger. This book is one of the epic story the children go through is the story of how they come to meet this evil villain who will spend a lot of time trying to get his talentless hands on their fortune.
Is It Worth My Time?
Immediately you are immersed in the writing and bizarre world of Lemony Snicket. It’s unique in it’s simplicity and complexity at the same time. He really knows how to write for both children and adults, which is probably why these books are well loved by both. This books is a masterclass in how to write an appealing, exciting tale. It’s ironic that the author himself is continuously explicit at trying to put the reader off reading any more of the unfortunate tale. I would very confidently say that this book at the very least is worth your time. You are enriching your life and mind to read Lemony Snicket’s work.
Is It Oddlandish Certified?
I would rate The Bad Beginning as ODDLANDIS/ODDLANDISH. Keep in mind that it is not perfect, so I can’t give it the perfect rating. Still, this book is one of the greats.
READ THIS BOOK. The characters are diverse and well thought out. Every person is represented in this. Lemony Snicket knows how to write (he is fictional too) and this makes you want to read and read. it’s easy to get lost in the stories. You can read this book in a couple of hours if you really focused. It’s not a massive undertaking and you are rewarded with the beginning of a story you will be immediately engrossed in. Be one of the cool kids and read Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate events, because life is short and these books will go down in history. Look forward to more reviews of these wonderful, amazing books. This first book in the Series Of Unfortunate Events has everything that I love in a book. It’s different, odd, peculiar and fantastic. It is up there with Harry Potter. They are LITERALLY THE BEST!
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THE STORY OF ODDLANDISH
ODDLANDISH is a place for me to write my own thoughts about life. I would consider myself quite a unique person and someone who has experienced more than their fair share of problems in the short time they have existed. EACH MONTH will be different in theme so don't forget to leave a comment, like and subscribe to get an exclusive first look at written works before they are seen by others. :) Enjoy my magazine of the worlds oddity.