My passion is creating imagery. I love to paint and write.
Over the years, I’ve written lots of poems and have stored them away. At first I was unsure of my ability to write well. Then I imagined poetry as painting with words instead of a brush. This idea actually made it easier for me to write. Pictures appear in my mind’s eye and the words follow.
After completing my first manuscript, I joined a writers group and their advice helped me see how a story is woven together. I have since rewriten and added a few strokes here and there to refine the story.
Someone asked me if I find a similarity between painting and writing—knowing when to stop. There definitely is a similarity. When are you 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. Not every painting is a masterpiece and I assume the same for writing. So wish me luck and confidence to improve my craft.
I shall continue writing because my characters are now a part of me and I can’t abandon them.
Happy writing and painting to you.
J. M. Orise