My passion, creating imagery. I paint and write. Over the years, I’ve written lots of poems, storing them away in a briefcase. At first unsure of my ability to write well I imagined poetry as painting with words instead of a brush. This idea made it easier for me to write. I see the pictures in my mind and the words follow. I finally finished a manuscript and since joined a few writers groups. With their advice, I saw more clearly how a story is woven. It is like a tapestry. I’ve re-written my story, adding a few strokes here and there for refinement.
Someone asked me if I find a similarity in painting and writing–knowing when to stop. There definitely is a similarity. When am I done? Will I mess up the ending like the painting that should have been left alone. That added touch of color or mixing the wrong colors could produce a dull, muddy painting. Adding too many words just to ‘fluff’ a sentence or paragraph could also result in a dull, ‘muddy’ story.
Happy writing and painting to you.
J. M. Orise