Flashing neon lights and nagging phone salesmen on shrouded corners

| | Comments (3) | TrackBacks (0)
"Instead the mind flashes bits and pieces of childhood experience, past reading, every movie the writer/creator has ever seen, last week's argument with a phone solicitor - in short everything that lurks in the recesses of the mind." pg. 30

It's just like Foster wrote, whether you realize it or not, information from whatever you're reading is seeping into your mind. Surely you've read a book or watched a movie and been straight away able to point out the evil-doer and the famed hero. Have you ever been able to think ahead and know exactly what's coming? You could perform such a psychic feat by realizing that you'd heard the story line or plot somewhere before. I know that I've read numerous books and thought, that'd be perfect for my such and such as of yet to be created character! Or, my word; that was such a superman-like move!

I wholeheartedly agree with Foster when he writes that there is only one story, even if it is a bucket full of squirming eels. It is entirely possible for only a single story to exist, because everyone adds to it. It really is the never-ending story, poem, song. History is also a story when you think about it. People learn from the past, both the good and the bad, and they will never cease. History can communicate morals just as well as fables and gingerbread crumbs. What villain doesn't resemble the grinning, grandmother-eating wolf from old or that little blond trollop that decided she was entitled to everything in our house?

Just as these characters are still with us today, so too are the words that we only wished we could have muttered into the phone when that last annoying tele-marketer phoned. Or maybe you've just thought up a great comeback to a taunt that's preceded your scathing masterpiece by hours. Everyone's had such moments. Those times when we wanted most to say something witty or sarcastic, but suddenly our brain stopped short and we looked like a gaping fish. All this and more lies deep in our mind, writing a story that may never be read aloud, but shall exist all the same.

0 TrackBacks

Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: Flashing neon lights and nagging phone salesmen on shrouded corners.

TrackBack URL for this entry: http://blogs.setonhill.edu/mt/mt_tb-awoisdlkfj.cgi/11568


Greta Carroll said:

Wow, Maddie, I really liked your last sentence: “All this and more lies deep in our mind, writing a story that may never be read aloud but shall exist all the same.” That is a really good point. We are creating our own stories constantly, all the time. With every experience we have, we add more to it. And since we are all humans, we all have some experiences in common, simply because we are human. Maybe it is our connection to each other as humans that allows this one great, big, immense story to be all encompassing.

Ally Hall said:

Maddie, I really agree with you (and Foster). I know that when I go to write some type of fiction, I'm always inspired by something I've previously seen or read. I like to use characters I love to inspire my own new characters, giving them some of the same characteristics (but making sure not to steal a character!). Everyone now uses everyone else's stories or ideas because the truth is, you can't come up with an "original" idea anymore because they've all been used up.

Theresa Conley said:

I agree completely. Whenever I write it always comes from life experiences. So therefore it is not completely original since it is not just my imagination. I think thats how we write best though.

Leave a comment

Type the characters you see in the picture above.

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by MadelynGillespie published on February 1, 2008 10:08 PM.

Don't touch that button!!!! was the previous entry in this blog.

From ant hills to shadowed grottos is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Powered by Movable Type 4.13