Multimedia Influences

I have been hard at work in fits and spurts on my daily quota of words for National Novel Writing Month. I have no idea if I am writing chapters of a book or a collection of stories. At this point I am following the advice of former Oakland Raiders football coach, John Madden: “Don’t worry about the horse being blind. Keep loading the wagon.”

It has only been one week of writing 1,667+ words a day and I must admit that some days, most days, it can be like pulling teeth to make my quota. It could be the plot, or the characters, or even perhaps the vulnerability I feel about the subject matter.

A dear friend of mine suggests that it can be the journey from the head to heart that matters most in life. As our thoughts, feelings and emotions move down through the arms and out through the fingers onto the keyboard we open our hearts and expose our inner selves in ways that are new, and scary, to us.

Today I tend to agree with her. I feel like a hummingbird with ADHD. I want to concentrate on anything other than the storyline that I left last night and that feeling brings me to the video clip below. This is a good example for me that it is the personal connection, the expression of the self, that is the difference between a dry recitation of words and a meaningful ballad.

Watson may have the artificial intelligence required to comprehend language, but he certainly lacks the component to feel their effect.

“…Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile
Until the break of day, let me see you make him smile
His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean
And you’re the best thing that he’s ever seen

Stay, lady, stay, stay with your man awhile
Why wait any longer for the world to begin
You can have your cake and eat it too
Why wait any longer for the one you love
When he’s standing in front of you…”
Excerpted from Lay, Lady Lay, written by Bob Dylan
Copyright © 1969 by Big Sky Music; renewed 1997 by Big Sky Music

  5 comments for “Multimedia Influences

  1. November 9, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Allan, you’ve made a commitment to push your inner creativity and at the same time fulfill a dream. Maybe the product is not as important as the act of self-expression and the twists and turns that it can take. You might surprise yourself with the outcome. I hope so.


    • November 9, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      Thanks for your kind words, Sally. You have hit upon my motivation for NaNo. The journey of discovery is within me, not upon the written page.


      • November 9, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        That is truly what the creative process is–self-discovery through self-expression and exploration.

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  2. November 9, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    The Watson ad is funny. I don’t do NaNoWrMo, but our younger daughter did it two or three times some years ago. She had hers encrypted, though. Good luck with your experience and enjoy it as much as possible.


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