The World According to Renee

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It’s Not Enough

I’ve just found my new favourite book: Story by Robert McKee. I’d like to say I came across this gem while poring over wares in a secondhand book store, with the powdery, sweet smell of old pages caressing my nostrils as I search for literary perfection. Truth is, I bought it from eBay as textbook for my unit next semester. 

I’ve never been so excited to read a textbook. Since Monday, the book has been teasing me, willing me to open it and absorb wisdom. This morning, I relented. I sat in the winter sunshine with a highlighter and let my brain absorb the awe. 

I’ve said many times that you don’t need to be a great writer to be a successful one. Judging by the shit movies that Hollywood churns out year after year, you don’t even have to have an original story. This book argues that the only thing you need is creativity. You don’t have to be a good speller (I disagree), but you do need a story. Not just an observational journey, but a deep understanding or questioning of Truth. That Truth can be anywhere: slice-of-life, fantasy, anthropomorphic animals… This Truth is what drives humans and enriches lives, both of the characters and the audience. 

I’ve discovered I’ve made a novice mistake: relying solely on experience the work of others who inspire me. Instead, I should be learning my craft (which, incidentally, is why I disagree that a good writer can be a bad speller. You can’t be a good builder if you can’t use a hammer). 

This is probably the first of many posts in which lightbulbs flash over my head as I learn to set creativity free instead of keeping it rigid and locked in a cage along with everything I have ever read. 


August 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Polarity Reversal

Every eleven years or so, the sun’s magnetic field flips. Occasionally, the Earth’s field flips as well. In the grand scheme of things, the sun’s flip doesn’t really matter to everyday life for us humans; I can pretty much guarantee that you didn’t notice the last time it happened and you probably won’t notice it when it happens again in a few months. 

Sometimes though, things happen that turn your world upside down in a personal polarity reversal. My own PPR (Personal Polarity Reversal) is in the process of happening this year. Someone close to me is dying, and it’s happening very quickly. Just as we process one new piece of information, another comes along and changes our outlook once more. You’re forced to look at things differently and face mortality. The logic and intellect is now overpowered by the emotional centre and although you can fight them, you’re sucker punched anyway. 

As little as four weeks ago, my aunt was outwardly fine. She stayed here for a week and you’d never tell anything was wrong. That has changed very quickly. The prognosis worsens with each doctor’s visit. It’s the time factor that I find it hard to deal with. The speed which the cancer is spreading is no longer interesting, it’s heartbreaking. 

This feels like a polarity reversal: something I’ve always known is shifting and one day, I won’t even notice. Right now though, it’s consuming my every thought. 

August 15, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment