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The Human Mind (Yes this has something to do with writing!)
I like three word titles, but this time, The Human Mind was
just too obtuse.
In one of my prior lives, I majored in Philosophy
with a minor in Psychology. The academic choices of a naive twenty year old I
don’t think are of interest, or relevant, except as background for why I
thought this blog was a good idea.
Philosophy gave me a logical thinking
grounding, and Psychology appealed to my interest in always wanting to know “why?”
Nonetheless, I’ve ended up being more of a “pantster,” than a thinking ahead “outliner”
and laying out kind of writer. And when it comes to “why,” I sure like leaving
“what if” loose ends and unresolved questions in my stories. Especially about
the future. Logic and "why"—apparently went out the window.
Which leads me into the heart of this post. The numerous
articles on how to do this or that (especially if it’s something computer
related!) are wonderful, and my saviors in our electronic age. However, the “ten
things” you have to do, or the “ten no-nos” or the “ten rules” for writing,
editing, etc. sometimes hit a sour note. And they shouldn’t, because people are always
asking those questions, and we’re all eager for help and answers.
But in the background areas of my "human mind" runs the belief everyone is different, and contradictory. And
picking and choosing what works for you is the only one answer I wholeheartedly believe in
repeating. That being said, I’ve pontificated while on many a panel, in many a
blog, and answered many a question about “should and shouldn’t” behavior. Even had numbered lists. Guilty as charged.
Madeline (M.M.) Gornell
Finally, here’s the conclusion and connections to these
thoughts(which started as musings on my way home back to the high-desert from a
lovely lunch in Arcadia with some wonderful author friends—you know who you are):Not only is every author unique in our
approach to writing, but also contradictory in our thoughts, actions,
personalities, and life philosophies—and these contradictions, whether we want them to or not, in many ways define our writing style, the characters we develop, and the tales we tell.