OF LENS AND LANDSCAPEBy: Darrelyn L. TuttApril is a transition month.Cold days are replaced by hesitant warmer ones and, slowly but surely, the landscape changes:-A snow white downy landscape gives way to an earth swept, barren carpet composed of brown soil and flamable dry grass.-Stark naked trees assert the possibility of early budding plumage.-Geese make their honking debut and begin to break from steady formation.-Expanding bellies and gestational completion dates intersect and the early signs of life fill the air.-------A change of landscape has the ability to change our perception, sharpen our lens, and forge new thoughts. All of these valuable inducements unearth and expose new signs of life and provoke new writing possibilities within us.With the theme of transition in mind, I'm going to utilize the month of April as a simple acrostic and suggest the implementation of a few meaningful changes:A - Author. Study an author you respect and immerse yourself in "their" landscape. Allow the lens of an experienced writer to sharpen your own and absorb yourself in the life of one of your writing "mentors."P - Placement. Place yourself deliberately in a new "writing" environment. If you're used to writing inside, settle yourself outside.If you're used to utilizing a laptop, insist on notebook and pen.If you're used to sitting still, consider some movement to spawn thought.Purposefully exchange your familiar writing landscape and habits with some unfamiliar elements and expect to see some new discoveries erupt from your pen.R - Read.Read something different; something you might never pick up on your own.Ask a friend or respected "reader" to give you a top-shelf, must-read book, and you'll be amazed at what you take from the experience.You'll find your mind dipping into a whole different color and kind of ink.Discoveries such as this have the ability to pave the way into a whole new writing avenue.I - Interview.Interview a fellow writer and learn what makes them tick.What habits have they developed?What books have they read?What conferences have they attended?What disciplines have assisted them on their writing journey?Ask strategic questions that lead "you" into a new landscape of your own and implement at least one new habit into your life.L - Listen.Pay attention to the noises in your landscape and describe them in concise, concrete terms. Sound has the ability to transmit an unbelievable creative surge.When you dip your quill in the ink, write about the first thing you hear and you'll be amazed where the sound of "listening" takes you.Listen to your landscape and transcribe it.------Familiarize yourself with change this month.Fill yourself with the meaningful wonder of a new and "waiting-to-be-discovered" fresh landscape.Open your eyes,Take a deep breath,Dip your quill in the ink,And write something ... different.
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