A THOUGHT OF MANY COLORS

Written by Arleen M. Kaptur


You have a great idea for a story or an article. Itís perfect andrepparttar thought of sharing it with others knows no bounds.

There is your computer, your desk, and you are ready. Fingers onrepparttar 129641 keyboard, and you click away putting those special thoughts into black and white form. Something is happening - it isnítrepparttar 129642 same story - everything is different and someone stole your Emmy Award.

What happened? Betweenrepparttar 129643 great ideas in your head andrepparttar 129644 reality on paper - something did definitely happen. Before you check outrepparttar 129645 latest crime statistics in your area, take a moment and a deep breath.

Your story is there but in your mindí eye it was complete, total, and without any errors or revisions necessary. It was just there - a perfect, pretty package that needed no ribbons or fancy paper. What you have on paper is reality - this is your story inrepparttar 129646 formrepparttar 129647 world will see. Your thoughts are there,repparttar 129648 words are there, but they do needrepparttar 129649 ribbons and fancy papers.

Each person has their own way of thinking - their own way of reacting. We donít even think about it - itís just there. We donít flick a switch and we donít push a button. Itís just there and there is good. Every writer soon finds out what that burst of energy, that literary genius really is. Itísrepparttar 129650 birth of a story, an article, a poem, or whateverrepparttar 129651 final outcome will be. Without this ďsparkĒ there would be no literature inrepparttar 129652 world.

Did you ever touch an outletrepparttar 129653 wrong way or pull a plug and that white/blue spark just rushes out? When that spark came, it made you jump. It motivated you to stop doing whatever you were doing. It directed you to take precautions. You realized that you had to do something at that very moment.

IN YOUR SHADOW

Written by Arleen M. Kaptur


There is an old saying: You can choose your friends but not your family. Everyone has certain choices to make in their lives, except for that one initial launch into this world. We are born and we are who we are - no decision on our part - not evenrepparttar chance at some suggestions.

Your entire being -repparttar 129640 color of your skin, your grandparentsí homeland, your entire genetic make-up is right there - and now you have a choice - you can do what you believe you can, or you can carry your sense of pride or shame with you your entire life and never reachrepparttar 129641 goals and reaprepparttar 129642 benefits you could have.

Writing is a career whererepparttar 129643 choices fromrepparttar 129644 very beginning are yours. In a sense, you create your character, give him all his genetic qualities, and then even writerepparttar 129645 history for his ancestry. You are in control of who, what, where, and when. However, as with any choice, there are drawbacks as well as advantages. If your character is not a member of your particular ethnic, religious, or race group, your ability to relate and to transmit ideas run into a brick wall, so to speak. Sure, you can put yourself in their place, but it would be according to your standards, and your beliefs. This ingrained system of standards and beliefs were taught to you by your parents, relatives, environment. andrepparttar 129646 world itself. Now that you have decided to write, how do you overcome this stumbling block?

The literary piece you give birth to should be as factual as possible, even though it is a fictional piece. If you feel you can, just in your own mind, place yourself in someone elseís soul, forget it. You canít becauserepparttar 129647 only person you can reach into and enter their very being is yourself. Now what do you do? The answer is reach out, network, and include everything in your research work. Listen to both sides ofrepparttar 129648 coin, and if you donít agree,repparttar 129649 notion to state your carved in stone moral or otherwise statements are irrelevant. Your reader needs to place themselves in your characterís heart and seerepparttar 129650 world through his/her eyes. A slight remark made to one person may be a monumental insult to an individual of another genre. Donít judge, or build up or belittlerepparttar 129651 circumstances. State them exactly, as best you can, from that literary personís inherited background and make-up.

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