Preptober Week 3

Preptober: Week 3 – The Realization

Preptober Week 3

Realizing your goal.

Week 3 is wrapping up and the realization of the extent of the task in front of you is starting to set in. You may be thinking about how much you need to do, feeling daunted at the challenge of meeting writing goals coming up next month, not sure if this is something that you will be able to complete and of course the ever-present imposter syndrome. This is normal, we all feel overwhelmed but the amount of detail that you get as you start trying to piece the montage of details into a cohesive whole is. It is actually a good thing that you are feeling this now, versus in a couple of weeks when you are in full swing of trying to write during NANOWRIMO. 

“Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” 

Paul J. Meyer

Taking the time now to work through those emotions and realizing what is triggering them will help you manage those same feelings as you work through your project. Spend the time and come up with some strategies to break it down into smaller chunks that you need to consume, write or research. Write it all down to keep the details out of your brain so that you can free up as much mental capacity as possible for creative endeavors. 

Character Week

This week was Character week, you hopefully have spent quite some time getting to know your primary cast of characters. What did you find surprising about them as you started to figure out what makes them tick? This is one of my favorite parts of writing since you can let your imagination develop all of those friends that you used to play with when you were a kid come back alive and in a way that you will be able to share with others. 

Did you focus on the personal or physical dilemma that was facing the protagonist of your story, or did you stretch and also evaluate the moral struggle that you are expecting them to deal with? Hopefully you did both. It always makes for a more relatable character if they are not only changing due to outside pressures but also illustrating how their behavior and thought patterns shift as a result of the development as well.

Don’t forget to support “You”

You should have also spent some time this week working on some mental health strategies for the month of November. Such as how to find more free time to address things that could distract you from achieving your writing goals or how to keep yourself motivated through the writing journey that lies ahead. DO NOT let yourself skimp on this activity set, the energy that put in now will ensure that when you find a challenge in a few weeks you already have the plan to help you overcome it, and that is more valuable than waiting and wasting time later. Procrastination here is not your friend.

You have just 1 more full week and some change in the time left over before the NANOWRIMO kickoff begins and this upcoming week will be all about preparing to make your writing month the most successful that it can be.

Immersive Van Gogh Art Exhibit

Recently, I attended an immersive experience that was focused on the art of Vincent Van Gogh. The experience itself was extremely well done and if you have the opportunity I highly recommend that you buy a ticket. Watching the art flow from period to period throughout his wide variety of Art brought to mind the feelings that I always have when looking at his artwork.

His obsession with color, the powerful symbolism that it could represent, and the emotional impact it can invoke in people have a palpable effect on the audience. Surprisingly, it is a quote from the Dr. Who TV show that I feel has best represented his artwork in my mind compared to other studies of his life and creative works.

To me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty.

Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

Curator Dr. Black, Bill Nighy, Dr. Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”

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An Experience that you will not forget

Watching those majestic swirling brushstrokes emerge against the giant canvases also pulled out more of the same narrative and though my daughter may not remember it in the future, I felt privileged to share it with her.

Whispering to her: “Look at the sky. It’s not dark and black and without character. The black is, in fact, deep blue. And over there: lighter blue and blowing through the blues and blackness the winds swirling through the air and then shining, burning, bursting through… the stars! 

[the sky gradually transforms into van Gogh’s painting Starry Night]

And you see how they roar their light. Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.”

The wonder of artistic expression is not just in the result, but in the very act of its creation, what drives the emergence of an expression of emotion or ideas that are meant to spread to all those that see it.

With the combination of imagery and musical accompaniment the entire experience was entrancing, check out their site for details and location details, well worth the time and money.

Immersive Van Gogh Art Exhitbit

Van gogh self-portrait
Van Gogh self-portrait

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