Tag Archives: Dostoyevsky

Getting into your character’s head

Some spiritual writers claim that we have the knowledge of the universe inside our own heads and that all humans– and all of life– is connected. This would mean that we can get into the heads of anyone at all, … Continue reading

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Writing based on real characters, events

For some reason, I picked up the idea that fiction writers made everything out of whole cloth– the setting, characters, conflict. But it has dawned on me that most writers based their characters on people they know, and in Steinbeck’s … Continue reading

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Does the land determine our characters? Does the past?

As Americans, we see ourselves as free, determining ourselves and not being influenced by damned near anyone.  Even if our parents and grandparents were immigrants, we pride ourselves in leaving the old country behind and starting fresh. And we do … Continue reading

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Writing my imitating others

When I had a public relations agency, I taught new hires to write by telling them to copy stories out of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal until they got the feeling of writing journalism. So yesterday … Continue reading

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Ways to increase imagination

Tantric visualizations can improve imagination.  Visualizing Bible scenes, or any fictional scene can also improve our imagination. The engineering genius, Tesla, would imagine, in detail, anything anyone mentioned to him. He had an imaginary city and he spent night walking around in … Continue reading

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Solitude and the writer

Walter Benjamin, the philosopher who took his life while fleeing the Nazis, wrote an essay, “Storyteller” where he writes, “the birthplace of the novel is the solitary individual.” He lamented that we were creating a world where stories would be … Continue reading

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Acting “as if”

Another slogan of 12-step programs involves acting “as if” or “fake until you make it.” James Scott Bell talks about Ray Bradbury who was having a miserable time writing the script for Moby Dick for John Huston.  Finally Bradbury looked … Continue reading

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Embodiment

Dostoyevsky and Poe both had the ability to get into someone else body and mind before writing their characters.  They would follow people in the street and get inside the person’s mind-body. Spiritually-sensitive children and adults have the same ability.  … Continue reading

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At the deepest level….

I think that at the deepest level, we are all connected, and perhaps even participate in a Greater Reality, as the Hindus postulate. If that is true, then I can write about everyone, can relate to everyone and even love … Continue reading

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