By Rebecca T. Dickinson
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As I thought about blog ideas after the controversial article I wrote about joint custody and the drama that unfolded behind it in my previous four posts, I thought what should I write next?
The wonderful thing about becoming a writer is there is always something to write about whether it’s a thought, character, or a world.
If you were once a bright-eyed child like me, your parents and you might’ve read Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are. I know little about the author except that he died at 83, was not crazy about children, and had a vivid imagination. Pay attention. The last phrase is what’s important.
Sendak created a world that not only captured the imaginations of children, but adults, also.
How do you as a writer, reader or a professional in business approach the creation of your world whether it is a book or a set-up for a new business. It is not just about atmosphere. A world for your pages or creation must capture the imagination. First, it must captivate your imagination.
For example, a river has always held my interest. Perhaps—with the exception of ten months when I lived in the middle of tobacco country—I have always lived close to a water source. I’ve lived in two states with an ocean, grew up on a river, and for the short time I lived in England. I was twenty miles from the English Channel.
What does the name of my solo book manuscript happen to be, Sons of the Edisto? The Edisto is one of two rivers bordering a small—once active—town of Bamberg, SC. When I looked at old maps of the town and advertisements, I discovered a town full of life and hope at the turn of the twentieth century and into the 1960′s. But it was the idea of a river in a book leading me to it.
What gave Sendak the idea for Where the Wild Things Are? Did he have a dream? Was he inspired by someone or something?
Where do our worlds begin and end in our creations?
I think it must be inspiration from a single thought or person.
I encourage you this week and weekend to look at your work. What world have you built?
Or, perhaps, you haven’t built it yet. What sort of bridge are you waiting to cross?
I would like to hear your ideas about how you create worlds.
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