Friday, June 16, 2017

Accidental Surprises

Have you ever been surprised when you went back and read something you wrote and realized there was a deeper meaning than you realized?

Such a happen circumstance is truly a gift.

An author buddy of mine recently received a couple of reviews that talked about the deeper meanings in her story. The character doesn't just solve a murder she learns more about her self, other people and society as a whole.

She admits to not deliberately trying to delve deeper into the character's psyche, but it was a natural result of the protagonists journey in the story.

When we force a deeper meaning on our readers it often comes off forced, preachy and false to the story. When it organically occurs everyone is happily surprised.

If we truly understand our character and allow their true "feelings, heart, gut and spirit" to appear on the page then magical things happen. We have to let go and let the character do their work. Be the scribe. Be the empath. Be the tool for the story to flow through.

Sounds esoteric doesn't it?
Creating a world of characters and making them come to life is magic. It comes from deep within the creative heart and mind. Much of what we channel is on a subconscious level and a wonderful surprise when it works on the page.

Have you ever experienced these surprises? 

Have your readers commented on them in their reviews? 

Let us know - it will inspire us knowing the magic still happens, we just have to be open to the possibilities and that them flow through us.

Enjoy the journey, my writing friends. It can be amazing.
Don't forget to keep good notes.
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Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi Bonnie,

I think it's wonderful when readers and reviewers see more in a creative work than the author intended or realized existed. That's happened to me with some of my published poems.

There's a story regarding the great British poet Robert Browning who was lionized in London. He was approached by several women who had argued about the meaning of his latest poem. When asked about the meaning he responded that when he wrote the poem the meaning was known but to two--himself and God. Now the meaning was known only to God.

Bonnie Tharp said...

Thanks for the comment and sharing the Robert Browning story. VERY COOL. Finding Deeper meaning in a story is a pleasant surprise to have.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I agree!

koi seo said...

That's happened to me with some of my published poems.