I’m back from a two week teaching trip, readers! I had a wonderful time teaching budding young authors about the craft and technique that go into mastering writing, and I also got to cavort about the city with them, visiting a ballet and a broadway show or two. There’s nothing like a visit to the Metropolitan Museum or Lincoln Center’s ballet to feel inspired again about the vast and far-reaching capabilities of art.
That should remind us this week that art need not be only a careful assembly of parts. It is also about bridging the gap between the spiritual and the earthly in human experience; it’s about reaching deeper than outer appearances, deep into our interior selves; it’s about finding excellence and exhilaration in the far limits of what we can do. That’s going to be our theme for this week; finding what’s VAST and INTERIOR in our writing, and bringing depth up to the surface.
So for starters today, what do you do to make your work more substantial? Do you consciously delve into spiritual or philosophical realms? Do you struggle with making BIG IDEAS too talky or forced in your fiction? How do you make your story big and deep, not shallow and small? We’ll attempt to answer that question this week, so stay tuned!