Observation for me can be a discipline to concentrate on the world around me and write from that.
Observation is useful in writing, though.
I may relate my observations to my writing foundations and build a story out of it, that’s part me, part other.
At the extreme is complete detachment on behalf of the writer and it is interesting where this may lead. Does one see it from someone else’s perspective completely?
Observing someone or something else or observing some other “world” invariably requires research to understand that someone or something other.
In terms of my writing projects, in contrast to writing jobs, they are pretty much in limbo, but are finding their way into the light slowly.
I can come up with a zillion ideas, but being confident with my foundations is what my fiction and writing should be about.
Foundations is what I call my truths. My personal truth, spiritual truth, emotional truth and human truth and my writing can be based on these. These truths are for the purposes of writing. They are not universal truths, but what makes this writer tick.
Not always usable, though, because good inspiration can strike and become an article or blog post, irrespective of personal truths. But in terms of writing projects, writing from the foundation up is where I’m at. Foundations can even go deeper–to the deep core material of a writer.
I couldn’t have imagined how many words in Dante’s Inferno could be misunderstood, those mildly or moderately complex and very complicated words that requires a dictionary. I came up with about 300 difficult words which I randomly scribbled on a card to look up later. It became a very interesting exercise.
A good thing about writing Pirates of the Caribbean reviews is learning how to spell
Carribean, no I mean Caribbean (It gets easier).
Six parts to read of Dante’s Inferno, having read a further five parts today, so am closing in on the target.
The main thing I gathered from today’s reading is how evil distorts humanity, bends it out of shape, manifests in all sorts of contortions from what is good.
The reading today brings into focus the existence of evil and the origin of evil being Satan himself.
Dante has made me think. I have heard the question before. Why did God allow evil? But when one is affected by the distortions of sin, the question is how does one get back into shape? Therefore, spiritual need outweighs theological questions.
I keep on thinking because of Dante. When in need there must be an answer for that need, not ever spiraling out of control questions that may breed dissatisfaction to the needy.
I think again. In the end, God gives us what we need to overcome evil and the theological questions pale in significance. Spirituality should deal with the basic needs of humanity because humanity can be bent out of shape. But God has provided the way out if we take that path.
Been a week away from reading anything. Haven’t read Dante’s Inferno for a week. It concerns me because I should be reading something every day nearly.
A week is too long absent from a book. But, alas, there is a time for everything under the sun. There is a time to rest from reading.
Predicting in a week I’ll be back to the book and from there on to the finish line–when the book is finished.
Reading books is interesting, but it can also take it out of you. Inferno is ‘heavy’ in the sense it’s about lost souls in hell and Dante is giving a commentary on it. His commentary is sometimes caustic though I know it’s sort of humorous because he meets people he disliked in hell. Dante is also very serious about what’s going on in the underworld–it’s horrific.
At the end of this week I read less of Dante’s Inferno and am listening to music. Inferno is still on my radar to finish because I just want to. I don’t like to say that I finished the book half-way through. That’s not even finishing it. If I stopped reading it, I would become a statistic, the half finishes statistic. Following through on reading the book is a must, but at my leisure.
Further down the page of Canto 26, in Dante’s Inferno, is a serous side to the epic poem. The key word is ‘grieved’ on Dante seeing the lost souls:
It grieved me then, it grieves me now once more,
to fix my thoughts on what I witnessed there.
As writing mentors say, the first lines count. On my way to reading Canto 26 of Dante’s Inferno, the first three lines stood out as hilarious:
Rejoice, Florentia! You’ve grown so grand
that over land and sea you spread your beating wings,
and through the whole of Hell your name resounds.
‘Whoever, fameless, wastes his life away,
Leaves of himself no greater mark on earth
Than smoke in air or froth upon the wave.
So, upwards! On! And vanquish labored breath!
In any battle mind power will prevail,
Unless the weight of body loads it down.
There’s yet a longer ladder you must scale.
You can’t just turn and leave all these behind.
You understand? Well, make my words avail.’
[Inferno, Dante Alighieri, Canto 24:49-57, translated by Robin Kirkpatrick, Penguin Classics]