Post Reply The essence of written expression?
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Posted 7/2/15 , edited 7/2/15
Setting aside the intimate mechanics of the structure and form that make up poetry, song, and story writing, it occurs to me that there are more basic underlying principles. Those are what I would consider the essence of the expression that the presenter is working with as a means of communicating their ideas. I would like to see if other people have a similar opinion to mine. If it is different, then I am happy to hear other perspectives as well.

There are basically three things that compose the essence as I see it:
1) The basic concepts, feelings, and ideas that you are attempting to convey through your chosen medium.
2) The words, flow, and nuances used within that medium to draw and direct the attention of the observer.
3) A space within the work itself for the observer can bring something of themselves, and become involved in experience. Rather than having a presentation that feels like a textbook lecture.

These are values that will vary significantly depending on the work, and the targeted audience. I haven't personally taken a significant amount of formal training such as coursework or reading books on how to write. This is simply a conclusion I have come to from my own odd perspective.

edit: to clarify, the setting aside of structure and form for this particular post is to try to keep things from getting needlessly bogged down in the vast diversity of said forms and structures. It was not intended to diminish their importance in the overall process of writing.
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You're pretty much right, and it's not all that odd a perspective to have.

However, I personally feel those intricacies you "set aside" are easily as important as the three essential concepts you came up with, as they can adapt and grow around those concepts the same way those concepts naturally adapt and grow around the mechanics of the medium.

More interesting still is thinking about these ideas across something that spans multiple mediums, or multiple "forms" of the same medium and attempting to make them cohesive.
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StangeDreamer, you are correct however your explanation is quite "textbook lecture" ^_^

but you are correct sir. WHat you listed were the foundations of good story writing, but as LowLights said "the set asides" are important. The set aside is your personality, it is what is connecting you the author to the reader, your flavor.

NOW about Mediums. OK, I write stories novellas, and I write Manga and make films, the latter two rely a lot more on the visual than just Novellas, but even in the visual I maintain a consistent approach. Meaning I treat ALL OF MY STORIES like films, so in the Novella I will describe the shot (fitting my personality) and in the manga I will have it drawn the way I described in the novella, or in the film shot that way ^_^

In all three mediums it is very clear what I communicate as a story and I communicate who I am (my style, my flavor) those are the "Set Asides" after the 3 main concepts StrangeDreamer listed.

here is all my films, manga, stories, enjoy jivecinemaDOTcom ^_^
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crimecinema wrote:

StangeDreamer, you are correct however your explanation is quite "textbook lecture" ^_^

but you are correct sir. WHat you listed were the foundations of good story writing, but as LowLights said "the set asides" are important. The set aside is your personality, it is what is connecting you the author to the reader, your flavor.

NOW about Mediums. OK, I write stories novellas, and I write Manga and make films, the latter two rely a lot more on the visual than just Novellas, but even in the visual I maintain a consistent approach. Meaning I treat ALL OF MY STORIES like films, so in the Novella I will describe the shot (fitting my personality) and in the manga I will have it drawn the way I described in the novella, or in the film shot that way ^_^

In all three mediums it is very clear what I communicate as a story and I communicate who I am (my style, my flavor) those are the "Set Asides" after the 3 main concepts StrangeDreamer listed.

here is all my films, manga, stories, enjoy jivecinemaDOTcom ^_^


Thanks for your reply.
The stiff nature of my explanations was an attempt to be clear in concept, though I have much room to improve on that front.
Your explanation of how you approach your work is interesting. The personal flavor you are describing I believe would be exactly what I was trying to cover in the second item (The words, flow, and nuances used within that medium to draw and direct the attention of the observer.) It is a manner of presentation that is specific to your own style rather than a rigid form that would restrict expression more than assist it.
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