Where do the best ideas for stories and characters and images come from? Where will you find the most fertile resource for imagination and truth? Where do you glean the answers that evade you at the keyboard?
Your mind, of course. Especially the areas of your mind that Stephen King calls a “far-seeing place.”
This seven-hour session will show writers (of all types of writing) how to access and utilize these areas of their mind to create better work. Yes, writing is very much about such craft elements as plot, characterization, description, dialogue, and voice, but often the most important work does not happen at the desk or keyboard. It comes from somewhere deeper, from bringing the subterranean riches of your mind to the surface. It’s a process that happens when you are away from the words and outlines—often sleeping or dreaming or going about your everyday tasks.
Using a variety of techniques and exercises, this course will help you:
- Mine your subconscious and dreams and memories.
- Draw insight from the arts, including visual art, music, and design.
- Discover tricks and techniques for overcoming those times when you’re stuck.
- Develop your time and space and mental capacity.
- Transform the treasures of your mind into usable story material.
When you begin to unlock the mystery of your writer’s mind, you will be surprised by the wealth you discover.