Friday, July 2, 2004


I have discovered that the act of writing isn't so easy. Storytelling, however, is explosive! You come up with a character, you put him or her in a situation, and then you just let the story tell it's self. Then, as the writer, I go back later and trim out any unecessary detours so to keep the reader focused on what's important. There are other ways to create a story, though the same strength of all stories are the characters. The reason being? People read stories. Thus, we relate to character the best. Even if that character is a dog. That dog will inevitatably be given a human likeness. Some part of who he is that we can hold on to as we follow him in his adventure, or lack there of. I've found that putting together the facets of the human condition is as about as difficult as a ten year old's puzzle.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's easy. I'm saying that it gets easier as we grow and discover the life around us. There's an age at which we will understand it perfectly, like it was made just for us, then we will move on and forget all about even tinkering with that puzzle because we've already figured it out. What's the point, right? That's where we've gone wrong. It is at this point in our lives that we should re-evaluate that puzzle. Take it apart and put it back together again. For it's not in the completing of the puzzle that we discover the human condition, it is in the process of putting each piece in it's place that we discover who we are.

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