Never in a million years would I have believed my weekly goal would be to simply put words on a page. I type things up regularly. My time is spent on a computer. (a great deal of it. just ask my son.) Yet, putting words on a page for a current work in progress alludes me. I have a laundry list of works and ideas. Characters are screaming for attention.
Still, I struggle.
One of the things I’m working to do is set up a schedule to allow myself time to shut out the rest of the world and work related items. As much as I love my day job, I miss the one on one time I have with the works/characters/worlds that have been created. There is so much joy in it that I’m missing out on.
I also miss the interactions with my readers. A shift in focus has happened and I am working to balance out the shift, so I don’t lose one of the things I have come to thoroughly enjoy. I’m happy to report, I’VE GOT WORDS!! WORDS ARE ON THE PAGE PEOPLE!!
I was having a conversation with my friend today and it started me to thinking. She was upset because a mutual acquaintances of ours asked her opinion on something. Once she gave her opinion on the subject, the person proceeded to go into great detail as to why she was wrong.
I am one that loves fact finding and research. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. Note a key word in my statement: fact. My mouth dropped open and eyes bugged out of my head when she stated this individual set out to prove her opinion wrong. Is there something I am missing here? When did we begin to research opinion?
Survey says: “I’m not answering that question because it isn’t a quantifiable option.”
A person’s opinion is based on their beliefs, understandings, and ideals that usually deal in subjective lenses. Therefore, it is not a theory or fact that can be “proven” or “disproved” and should be taken at face value. Making a person feel bad for their opinion is a form of demeaning and diminishing the person. The fact that the opinion was requested makes the situation that much worse.
In the end, don’t request a person’s opinion on a subject or object if you aren’t willing to receive and accept whatever it is.
Imagining is only the beginning. The reality comes from the work you’re willing to put into that imagining.