That lead me on a path to study mysticism, and the many ways human cultures interpret spiritual experiences. When we think of astrology, the tarot, alchemy, numerology, or other tools, it conjures images of ancient Sumerians or Babylonians looking up to the stars and scribbling odd symbols on parchment. We think of them as ancient people; they saw themselves as modern, high-tech investigators using the latest technology available to them to tune into the cosmic frequencies, to glean insight into what makes us tick. They employed the latest mathematics and geometries to record the world around them. That included stars and planets in the night sky and how those events mirrored what they experienced in everyday life.
My intention is to blend the insights gained from these tools and incorporate them with modern storytelling techniques.
I’ve actually written seven of them, but this is the first one that gets close to expressing the type of story I love. To get here, I have been fortunate enough to study with one of the premier writing teachers working today, John Truby. I have completed several of his courses that cover screenwriting, novel writing, television writing, and philosophy of story (and I got me some cool certificates along the way).
But I’m a visual thinker and it helps me to find visual metaphors for these abstract elements of storytelling: character arcs, plot progressions, and scene development.
Whenever I started a new writing project, I always grabbed a large sheet of drawing paper. I wanted to “see” my story. I wanted to see how these elements blended together in an authentic, organic way.
And because I’m an earth sign and organization is my métier, I made forms. I have created so many forms to organize my thoughts, it’s kind of ridiculous. It’s also a fun way to trick your ego. Because I’m not “writing” I’m just filling out a form, it takes the pressure off, that my ideas need to be perfect. When you fill out a form, you still have room to experiment, make mistakes, and try again.
These forms and worksheets are available at my site writerscoloringbook.com. It you are interested in finding new ways to kick-start your process, please check it out.
The Writer’s Coloring Book is a creative playground to explore your ideas that include planning and organizing tactics to bring your ideas to fruition. It’s the best world for both sides of your brain!