Thursday, 10 January 2013

Author Spotlight - Barri Bryan talks about expressive writing.

Learning to communicate expressively is not achieved the way one assimilates facts about geography or learns by rote the meanings of symbols. It is a process of practice, discovery, and creation. Writing is an art. Like any art form, it has an attending craft. There are skills and abilities that can be recognized and practiced to help hone that craft.

Expressive writing is not accomplished speedily or through half-hearted efforts. To write expressively, a writer must be focused. Focus induces a state of concentration that is intense and absolute.

An expressive writer is perceptive. Perception allows the creation of something where nothing existed before, thus filling a void.

Empathy for the feelings and emotions of others is important in expressive writing.
An expressive writer's work has unity. When writing about imagined occurrences, the objective is not just to relate what happened. It is also necessary to recount the vision in a way that recreates the mood, and develops the dramatic significance of the event.

An expressive writer is aware. Awareness is an integral part of expressive writing. It begins by combining sensory messages with past knowledge and personal expectations, in order to examine more closely the blur of daily experiences.
Imaginative thinking moves past literal applications to discover implied analogies and relationships. The intensity of searching and discovering requires time and effort. Those relationships are not always obvious.

An expressive writer is a passionate lover of words who persuades and convinces readers. Wooing with words involves perceiving, feeling, and thinking with subtlety and precision. It also demands a good vocabulary. The more acquainted a writer is with a variety of words and their meanings, the more able that writer is to express thoughts and sentiments.

An expressive writer relates to readers with honesty and candor. This is always a challenge and often a trial. It is never easy to disclose personal truths, discover and express intimate realities. Honesty, as a writer perceives it, is a deceptive concept that continuously slips away on the wings of sentiment and sensation. To be honest with readers requires that a writer be honest with herself or himself. Honesty with one's self can be disturbing and painful. I believe it is the first prerequisite to writing expressively.

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  1. Great insight, Barri. I have luckily found a new person in my life who is helping me to learn how to write with more insight. I am liking what I am seeing in my writing.