WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.7/17 – Art and Writing Meet
One of the most exciting things about going out on appearances, is the amazing people I get to meet. At the Mary Webb Centre on Saturday Nov. 5/17, a young woman by the name of Elizabeth Downey-Sunnen and I really hit it off. As a writer whose next novel is about an artist, it was exciting to talk to an artist who knows all about art history and was able to give me some perspective about the what was going on in the art world of 1911 and how it could possibly effect my character. But most of all, she encouraged me to allow my character to push the boundaries of the time period for a woman. You see, I’ve been stuck wondering whether or not to push these boundaries in my own thinking as well in the world of my character. After talking with Elizabeth, I thought “Yes” I need to make this book exciting. And the best way to do that is to push those boundaries and stop worrying about whether or not it was appropriate — that is, whether it was believable. I can make it believable. After all, women of all time periods were pushing the boundaries of what was appropriate for a woman in her society.
And if that wasn’t enough, I’d been thinking for a long time about taking art classes again. Past experiences with this endeavour have been disappointing. But I feel that in order to be able to describe what it feels like to paint a picture, I’d need to at least take a few classes. But until meeting Elizabeth, I wasn’t excited about the possibility. She changed all that. I am now totally excited about taking art classes with her. I guess I was just waiting for the right person. How wonderful to experience this artistic crossover of art and writing with someone who is as excited about my writing as I am about her art. So when you’re out there doing appearances, talk to people, ask questions, connect on a deeper level. You never know what you’ll discover, or who you will meet who will take you to a whole new level of thinking, and opportunity in your own writing.