Writing is a safe place to go. You can say and do things that you may never do in life. You can be a starship captain on a mission to Mars. You can go back in time and march with Caesar crossing the Rubicon. You can stand on a hill with the architect that built the pyramids. If you can imagine it you can do it. You can be an introvert, a hermit living in a small cottage deep in the forest, or an extrovert leading a Fortune 500 Company to Dynamic Change.
As a writer, you can do this from a safe place, a room with a leather chair and your favorite authors’ books lining the shelves of your writing room. When we write we do things without limitations. It is like stepping through a door into a realm where the impossible becomes possible.
Often we write about our journey in life, where we have been and our lessons learned, or where we are now. We may see into the future and claim the vision as our own. We can speculate or reflect upon life without fear. We can write about things that have nothing to do with us other than to amaze and enchant us.
From a safe place, we can write of love and the kindness of others. We can walk through the garden gate and smell the jasmine in bloom. We may be a lonely wayfarer walking down a railroad track or sitting atop an Aztec temple hidden in the deepest jungles. We can sit beside Caesar as he plans to go to Egypt to meet Cleopatra or the Saxons attacking a shield wall in the heat of battle.
Yes, we can write about anything that we can imagine. The possibilities are as vast as the spiraling universe or as close as the rose blooming beside the garden bench. We can do that and more on this small page. We can expand it or make it small. We can add spectacular verbal images or make it dark and desolate. We can hear waves crashing upon the shore or the whirling of the desert sand hiding the ancient secrets and lost civilizations.
We can be bold, courageous and dragon slayers. Ah! …. but can we do this from our safe place? Perhaps we must put down our pen and leave our safe place behind venturing forth into the unknown to touch what we have only imagined.
Point Of View
We write from what we imagine and yet we write from what we have experienced. The story must contain both the imagined and the experienced. It is about where we have been and where we hope to go. Lastly, we should never let where we have been limit our imagination. We must believe there is more to learn and unleash our imagination to go where it may.