A Wolfe's Notebook

The Return of The Writer

And yet their wills did not yield, and they struggled on.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of The King.

I have left the project that is this website offline and ignored for most of the past couple of years, but more recent events have inspired me to bring it back up and work on it once again. I’m still giving thought to exactly what I will write about blog wise and exactly what direction I will take the site, but I know that it will continue to stand as my personal website and that it will be important to certain future work that I have planned. Because I have indeed been writing and working, I have simply been reclusive. This website is simply part of an effort to have more of an online presence.

In the mean time, I have started reworking the website and creating a better user experience. It is still a work in progress though and it probably always will be, so I will remain open to fair comments and suggestions. Presently, I have created a Metaphysics page where you can find my current writings on basic meditation, and other occult and spiritual practices. There is also a Poetry page where all of my currently available poems are available on one page, and the Fiction page where readers can access my Erotic Romance page and a presently empty Fantasy page.

Future updates will be displayed here on the blog, and the blog will also be used for other types of writing – opinion pieces, critical reviews, and perhaps other things – that I decide to post over time. The pages have been organized simply for easy reading and will increase as I share more work freely. I have learned a lot over these past couple of years, and I sincerely look forward to building up this website more and sharing new writings. It will be quite an experience, to be sure.

Magnetic Fire

There sometimes isn’t much to say,

But always much to feel;

When two lone figures come to play,

The heat is surely real.

 

Yet first the heat begins at glance,

A magnet there revealed;

So all begin to poke at chance,

Lest feelings be concealed.

 

Soon the sparks begin to shine,

Growing warmly under heel;

While chasing after all the signs,

To make a wholesome deal.

Creative Writing: Finding Ideas

The myth of writers block aside, sometimes a writer just doesn’t know where to start. This isn’t something to feel bad about. Every writer has to start somewhere, and sometimes it’s just a matter of figuring out where the starting line is. How does a writer find a starting point, though? Where does a project idea begin? There are several ways to come up with a good idea.

Write what you know

Don’t reach for ideas in places you don’t understand. If you’ve never been on a yacht and don’t know the first, second or third thing about sailing, then don’t use a yacht in your story. Without doing a ton of research and maybe even getting a little experience, it just won’t come off as fully realistic to those who actually work with yachts because there will always be minor details you miss. And those are precious readers you may be toying with.

Instead, simply write what you know. Know a lot about your favorite sport? That’s valuable knowledge that can be used in characters, setting, or plot. Know what it feels like to lose someone precious? Let your character feel it. If you don’t know enough about something you really want to write about, study it – but always write what you know.

Write what you feel

Is there a political issue that you are passionate about, or a moral problem you have a stance on? Perhaps gay marriage, or abortion, or similar popular issues from current times. Maybe you have an opinion on polygamy, or gun control, or immigration, or any number of other topics. You have an opinion, you have some degree of knowledge about that opinion and issue – thus, you have story material. Writing a story with a theme you are passionate about can give you some amazing works.

There are countless stories to be told using the issues and problems you are passionate about, but remember: always write what you know. If you don’t know everything about an issue you care about, that’s okay. Few people do. Just do your research so that you can write a story with depth, and support the stance your theme takes fairly. Readers often appreciate good themes that are supported or explored fairly even when they don’t agree with the stance that is taken.

Write what you experience

One of the most useful tools in a writers arsenal is personal experience. Whether it be a love interest that didn’t turn out the way you wished or even one that did, a vacation that took hilarious or horrible turns, or the feelings of losing a loved one. That time you spent in the army or what you felt when you saw that bear when you went camping. The adrenalin and fear of an automobile accident, a mugging, or a fight. The feeling of getting drunk to celebrate, or to mourn.

Every experience you have ever had is material for a story, no matter how mediocre it may seem to you personally. After all, you don’t want all of your characters to be perfect or too exotic; and besides that, what may be mediocre to you may be exotic to someone else. Character flaws and daily experiences are what make characters interesting and relatable, so when you’re trying to think of something to add to a story or a character history in order to provide more depth, just look back through your own experience to see if you’ve done anything your character might have experienced. It’s easy to come up with story ideas or add depth to a current story this way.

Write what you observe

Writing about your own experience is fantastic, but you alone can only experience so much. The power of observation, then, is a great resource for the savvy writer. Just as you write about your own experience, you can learn to observe how other people live through similar and even opposite experiences. Learn to study people and events in life, and observe how people behave. This is often a simple matter of paying attention to what goes on around you. How your friend behaved during their engagement and wedding, how your cousin or sibling dealt with a rough divorce. There are many life experiences to observe all around you, every single day.

All of the life experience that goes on around you is valuable writing material. You aren’t limited to your own thoughts, feelings, or experience – you can observe the lives around you, and eventually see that everything that happens is its own story or is an event within a larger story. The power to observe the world through this perspective is not only useful to a writer, but is philosophical in its own right. We are all the protagonists of our own life stories. Live the adventure that you wish to have, and encourage the people around you to do so as well. After all, they may end up as a character in one of your stories some day.

 

 

Ashes

Ashes, ashes, flames glowing bright;
Pillars once leaned on creak under pressure,
Strength once fresh becomes a lost treasure;
Gone in the lights of a burning night.

Ashes, ashes, wind dancing in flight;
Love once shared to hold all the world balanced,
Passion once perfect finds only void in absence;
What happens beyond may cause fright.

Ashes, ashes, scattered far and wide;
Void and darkness creep in through open cracks,
Walls and ice cover cores once warm with no lax;
Light once free is buried under pride.

Ashes, ashes, mixed on winds sure to soar;
Beneath dust lies tightly weaved threads of fate,
Beyond ash lay bonds impossible to lose in wait;
All thought lost, now bound forever more.

The Flame

Two great stars once found their way,

Meeting under circumstance of gray;

Collision granted sparks to fly,

Erupting flames to soar on high.

 

Warmth and want consumed them both,

The flames to flare above sworn oaths;

Within the blaze the stars would dance,

Giving all to one brave chance.

 

Beyond all hope the stars did yearn,

Forgotten warmth upon them burned;

Lost in flames the stars did cry,

The time arrived to say goodbye.

 

The flame at last had run its course,

Yet in the stars lived no remorse;

For all that burned as stars came wake,

To ash they scattered, beyond escape.

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“Read a lot and write a lot.”

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
― Stephen King

Having begun to understand the wisdom in these words recently, I have decided to follow through on the advice of good old Stephen. Reading a lot may come easier to me now than it has at times in the past, and writing a lot is not necessarily a challenge — writing well, however, is indeed always a challenge.

And so, let the writings begin.