Before I became a serious writer, my powers of observation made me about as Sherlock Holmes-like as an open secret or plastic glasses.
In other words, I was a perfect antonym for the famous detective, who took such pains to notice subtle cues and details in the people and situations around him.
I didn’t need blinders. Mine were built in.
Beyond the Five Senses
To break into writing, I had to seriously change my ways. No self-respecting reader would make it past page one of my fiction without the vibrancy and richness of detailed and realistic descriptions — a combination of imagination and careful observation.
On top of that, I chose to write Visionary Fiction, which goes a step beyond what is observed through the five senses. I’m talking fiction that incorporates telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and ESP.
Visionary Fiction opened a new world of paying attention. I needed to receive and transmit information from the unconscious, the kind of stuff hidden below the tip of the iceberg that doesn’t surface unless the observer is in a receptive state.
So how does a Visionary Fiction writer go about tapping into the submerged?
One way is to pay attention to meaningful coincidences and pleasant surprises; in other words open up to synchronicity and serendipity.
Meaningful Coincidences and Pleasant Surprises.
In the simplest of terms, synchronicity is the experiencing of two or more events as meaningfully related.
Serendipity, on the other hand, is a pleasant surprise, such as the accidental discovery.
I can best explain by example.
Something interesting happened to me while writing down my soul, Janet Conner style.
First I asked my Inner Voice what I should call him or her. A crow cawed outside my living room door. Once. Then silence. I took this as a sign and addressed my Inner Voice … Continue reading