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Perception, the seventh commandment of the writer

joseph1956Posted to Friendslast month4 min read


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What differentiates a writer from other human beings is the way he perceives events, objects, actions, smells and countless other things through his senses, this results in capturing what is captured in his writings from a different perspective.

This is called perception and some add the adjective of artistic, since it is not exclusive to the writer but also to anyone who has taken art as their way of life.

Without it there is little to express that is not foreseeable for the reader, since it becomes monotonous and the themes explored become common.

Perhaps this should be the first commandment for one who aspires to bring his own creations and worlds to others, but in the task of writing there are no ascending or descending classifications; they are all equally important as the others.

Perception is something innate but it is also cultivable, learned, manageable, studied and focused when one is willing to look beyond to create, recreate or give emphasis to some idea that will later be taken to paper, can be considered as the yoga of the writer.

Somerset Maughman, considered in the 1930s to be the most popular and best paid writer in the world, not only wrote novels but also essays, short stories and plays, he said, referring to someone who wanted to write "Don't tell me the moon is shining, show me the glimmer of brightness in broken glass". A clear allusion to the fact that the brightness of the moon was captured by anyone but the flash of the same in a broken glass was only possible for those who had an artistic perception of the fact

Anton Chekhov, a Russian writer and playwright, considered a master of short stories, a follower of the currents of naturalism and realism, is credited with the phrase "I try to leave out the parts that people skip".

In a clear allusion that what is predictable should not be placed since people do not read it.

For those who wish to reach others through their stories, poems or other genre of literature, it is important that what they express is novel, shocking, different, contains a personal vision and also that these factors are added to the normal, creating a combination that can be captured by the reader

That it not only has something literal but can also do the exercise of reading between the lines, in such a way that it gets something more each time it rereads the same thing.

Many experts believe that the secret of a good deed lies in being able to be read and re-read many times without causing boredom and managing to find something new every time.

Without a different perception our senses are doomed not to see beyond what the view shows, or the senses rudimentary grasp, which is just the tip of the iceberg of what can actually be taken for use.

How do we learn to have a different perception?

There are many ways according to the sense you want to stimulate, among them is to observe meticulously, listen trying to decipher those decibels that are not commonly captured without being in a state of extreme attention, make our skin an organ that is capable not only of palpation but also of transmitting other perceptions.

It might seem complicated but it becomes routine with practice and results when you take to paper what is there but not everyone sees.

Without perception the world is monochromatic and the writer ends up being monothematic, predictable or simply routine.

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