Everything has a beginning. Every journey, every story, every blog starts somewhere. There is that page one, the fated first step inspired by an idea and filled with resolve and purpose to do what a person has set out to do. But in life as in fiction it’s rarely about the end destination as it is about the road, the emotions and the events that transpire. Nevertheless that beginning is brimming with hope for an adventure and the realization of something good.
These are the exact same sentiments I hold for “Through a Forest of Ideas” as I am typing this introduction. Writing has always been a passion. There is mystique to pressing the pen on the page and bring a story into creation, the steady way a photographer develops his film and wills his view of the world from the darkness into being. And there is also that charm about the trance inducing clattering on the keyboard I find irresistible. There is always adventure and the whole plethora of human emotions involved as one embarks on a journey through one’s imagination and is willing to stretch, expand and rediscover one’s horizons.
However there is more to the enchantment of story telling. Penning anything from a poem, a short story to a full grown epic is a trial and error process I compare to alchemy. Every form and every format offers and sometimes even hides the tools and elements the writer needs to intoxicate his/hers readers and although there are a few basic formulas as in introduction precedes build-up and build-up is followed by culmination, there is a frighteningly vast creative freedom to do as you please. Every story told is a recipe forged through labor, care and dedication to the craft. Some recipes produce ambrosia, some recipes vinegar, but so is it with writing.
“Through a Forest of Ideas” is my public recipe book as I progress from apprentice to an alchemist in my own right and search the great wilderness that is my imagination for the ingredients I need.
For all the people, who have been introduced to me through my blogging before, I thank you for returning and exhibiting interest in what I have to say. I hope that you will meet a more mature writer. For those that are new to me I extend an invitation to stay and see whether you find my musings on the craft insightful or the very least entertaining.