My passion is creating imagery. I paint and love to 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. I see the pictures in my mind’s eye and the words follow. Last year I finally finished a manuscript for a novel. A first! I’ve since joined a writers group and with their advice, I see more clearly how a story is woven together. It is like a tapestry. I am re-writing and adding a few strokes here and there to refine the story.
Someone asked me if I find a similarity in painting and writing–knowing when to stop. I had never thought of that. But 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.
Happy writing and painting to you.
J. M. Orise