Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Is it safe to come back out again? The sun surely did. 

For tens of thousands of years, humankind has been awe inspired by the natural clockwork of our sun, satellite, solar system, and constellations. So when time and tide collide, humans gather to experience the unimaginable. 

Humans get to suspend their belief in order to believe. A strange dichotomy of two opposing forces of anticipation creates the push and pull of fulfillment and anxiety. The fruition of a dream and a nightmare are made reality. 

As humans retire to bed with the eclipse imagery dancing in their heads, we must ask what dreams were inspired by the experience? Did the eclipse inspire a genius? A writer? An actor? Scientist? 

When writers imagine their plot lines and characters, then take a moment to recall that place inside you that experienced the eclipse. A writer has to write on the knife's edge of suspended belief and the belief of belief as well as between fulfillment and anxiety. 

So as writers stay awake a few more minutes to savor the day, remember also to savor the feeling. For writers write with an understanding that their stories are unimaginable suspended belief of a story that becomes real to the reader experiencing it in the moment. 

Have a great and wonderful day.