“Wonderment?” you ask…yes, wonderment, that indescribable essence of your favorite book, movie, TV show, song, video-whatever form of media you find yourself consuming.
Wonderment is necessary in all forms of writing.
It is what speaks to you alone as you read the book, view the filmed visuals, or listen to the music.
It is that energy that connects our collective consciousness.
It is what takes you out of your own world and transports you to the world you are experiencing.
It is what you get out of having read the book, viewed the filmed visuals or listened to the music.
Wonderment is a wonderful thing.
Most texts (and by texts I mean all forms of popular culture whether they be a book, movie, TV show, web series, songs, app, etc.) that stand the test of time or resonate to groups of consumers have this element of wonderment, and that is what makes them different.
Think about adding wonderment to your material.
Ask yourself “What is it that the audience will get from experiencing my idea that they ordinarily would not have the opportunity to experience?” Have you ever thought of this as you composed your work? Answer this and you are halfway toward moving your idea from mediocre to magnificent. And who doesn’t want to write magnificently?
Keep writing forward
Often as writers we experience writers’ block or we get run down and depressed about our work. This is normal. This happens to me more often than not. I’ll write something and then continue to attempt to continue to write and I sabotage myself by saying “there’s nothing new to say” or “who cares about what I have to write about?”
And that goes on for a couple days (hopefully not much longer than that), and I return to the material I was working on and it’s actually not that bad, in fact, it’s exactly what I wanted to say. So I say to you that you must continue onward – what I call “keep writing forward.”
What you have to write about and how you write it is important. You may be composing material that will change your reader’s/viewer’s life-and I don’t mean that to add any extra pressure for you…
I mean to say this and remind you so that you’ll continue writing and not stop because of your own lack of writing confidence.
I often tell my students and attendees at workshops that I am so glad that certain writers did not stop, did not give up, did not abandon their work because then I would not have had the great books and movies and TV shows that influenced me, that gave me wonderment.
One of those books is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, published in the 70s. It was in retrospect, all-so-important to my life and to my work as a media producer and professor. It is said that Pirsig’s masterpiece (and I urge all of you to take the time to read this essential volume/companion for life) was rejected 121 times.
This was at a time when one had to run off their manuscript via carbon copies in a typewriter or a mimeograph (look it up) machine. So imagine a manuscript of substantial length and having to make copies each time a rejection arrived.
What was in this man’s mind as he ran off the 120th and 121st copy of this behemoth manuscript?
He didn’t give up. And I’m glad he didn’t because if he did I would not have had the wonderment that I received from this amazing piece of writing.
…and so, I urge you to continue to write, and to create wonderment within your work.
That’s why this is called the Wonderment Blog
Within the musings I point out the amazing examples of wonderment that appear in our media as we continue on along the way…and in the next installment I’ll share a recent wonderment experience I’ve had – stay tuned…