The Creative Mind–Finding Your Story

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” — Carl Jung

As you begin your work of imagining the folktale you will write, let your creative mind play with ideas and images that are meaningful to you. We have been talking about in class the idea that folktales were written to help guide young people into adulthood, and that the tales function symbolically. What idea about life and advice about growing up do you want your folktale to explore? How might you have characters, events and objects function symbolically in your tale? What matters to you? What things in life do you care about, or find important, how might you explore this in your tale? What in your life do you have a lot of energy for, a love for? Follow that zest and let it overflow into your writing. Paint that passion for life into your story and let it grow into your tale, infusing it with the meaning of what really matters to you.

When you sit down to write your story, you can either think of it as doing your homework, or you think of it as building your imagination, playing with ideas and telling a story you care about and love–you can be creating your life. We can do the same activity with a completely different level of awareness. I encourage you to choose a perspective that brings life into your work. As a writer, you are creatively exploring the world you live in and the world of your mind and heart! Play and explore your ideas in a mind map, a drawing or a freewrite before choosing your idea. While drafting, keep your focused purpose and intention in mind.  The more you do this, the more you will move towards the writing that allows you to say what you really want to say from the place you live at in your mind and heart.

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