Staring at a blank page, whether in a notebook or on a computer screen, can be a very intimidating proposition. There sits an empty canvas on which your mind must create kaleidoscopic words of intellectually stimulating value. One must symphonically extract these words from the basin of ideas flooding the recesses of your mind.

In my discovery I have found all art is interwoven to one degree or another. To me it is quite interesting how the creative processes of painting and writing have such similarities:

  • Title: An artist attempts to convey, to the viewer, what the painting is trying to communicate in a few words.  Similarly, in writing, the author wants to give a glimpse into what the reader can expect in the book, with a title that is unique and memorable.
  • Artist: The name of the painter who created the composition. The name of the author who wrote the composition. Unless the author chooses to use a pen name to hide their identity.
  • Time: When the painting was done.  In writing, the correlation to the artist’s time would be the setting for a writer. This means the time and place in which the story takes place. The setting can also include social statuses, weather, historical period, and details about immediate surroundings—the backdrop of the story that helps create the disposition.
  • Brushstrokes: In artwork is defined as the paint left on a surface by a single application of a brush or palette knife — In literature is often used, figuratively, to describe the quality especially of a narrative or description of a story told in broad brushstrokes.
  • Lines: From an artist’s perspective lines are used to create shape, pattern, texture, space, movement and optical illusion in design.  In writing, denotes style and form: The way a writer writes and the technique which an individual author uses in his writing.
  • Colors: The element of art that is produced when light, striking an object, is reflected to the eye. In writing, the correlation would be word choice and style: Style is the way writing is dressed up (or down) to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience. Word choice, sentence fluency, and the writer’s voice — all contribute to the style of a piece of writing. How a writer chooses words and structures sentences to achieve a certain effect is also an element of style.
  • Shadings:  Shading is a technique used by illustrators, designers, and other visual artists to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional medium.  In literature would be inferences which are a literary device used commonly in literature, where logical deductions are made based on premises assumed to be true. 
  • Shadows: Artists use values to translate the light and shadows to create the illusion of a third dimension. Shadows provide vital information that makes a representation engaging to the eye. In literature would be inferences and opinions.
  • Perspective: The real goal of perspective in art is creating a viewpoint for your audiences that will best communicate your subject and serve its particular message.  In literature would be the author’s point of view and bias.
  • Focal Point: The focal point of a painting is the area in the composition to which the viewer’s eye is naturally drawn. It is essential to classic art, although abstract artists may deliberately create compositions without focal points. In the literary world refers to the tension, question, or narrative conceit around which all your multiplatform content will revolve – it’s like the eye of the story storm, or the sun of the story universe.
  • Background: the part of a scene or picture that is farthest from the viewer: the part of a scene that is behind a main figure or object in a painting, etc.: a surface or color that is behind or around something.  In literature is a backstory, background story, back-story, or a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.
  • Subject of Painting: The term subject, in art, refer to the main idea represented in the artwork. The subject in art is basically the essence of the piece, which would be the main idea in literary works or the central idea of the text.  It is the point the author wants you to remember the most. Some writers may state the main idea, but it is often implied, which means the reader has to make inferences about it.

So you see, as a writer you can consider your paper or computer a canvas and your pen, pencil or keystrokes a paint brush.  You are an artist on many levels which affords you a stream of creative thoughts flowing from a river basin of ideas you never knew existed. But now have the opportunity from which to draw them. As a writer, your imagination can take you anywhere, any place at any time. You can close your eyes and create worlds in your mind. Then extract those characters to flood the pages of a book, giving the story life by these imaginative thoughts. Your mental predisposition allows you to be imaginative.  I would suggest to you there is a place within man’s mind, body and soul when it comes in alignment with the Creator of the universe things are unlocked scholars simply cannot fathom. What have your creative thoughts revealed to you?

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