Friday, November 30, 2012

Today's Unleashed Creativity & A Bigfoot Sighting

Doodle from my walk
Nature has a way of unleashing my creative beast. Every time I'm out, in the elements, my creativity soars to unlimited heights. It's amazing.

This morning, I went for a walk in our woods, and allowed my inner-kid's imagination to run wild!

Visions of the elusive Bigfoot peeking out from behind trees played in my mind. I even attempted a Cliff Barackman Bigfoot call-out. No, I didn't get a response, but I was hopeful. :)

It was a hoot, and it provided tons of inspiration for my wip. Of course, the story I'm crafting is for kids, so my Bigfoot is more of a fuzzy woodland creature. Think Harry from Harry and the Henderson's. 

As a child, I was obsessed with Bigfoot. I grew up in the 70's and I was a huge fan of the famous Patterson-Grimlin video. I'm still fascinated with watching shows like Finding Bigfoot. But proving Bigfoot is real or not isn't what's important.

For me, it's believing in the mystery of the unknown. I don't need (nor want) the mystery solved. Keeping the magic alive is an important tool when writing for children. I have to delve into my memories, and harness my childhood beliefs if I want to grab my readers. I have to believe. I have to be the child. If not, disbelief will reflect in my writing, and trust me, kiddos can spot a liar-liar-pants-on-fire from a mile away.

Happy writing, y'all!




24 comments:

  1. I've been to Scotland and just the thought that the Loch Ness Monster was really under the waters added something magic to the place.

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    1. Oooh, I would love to visit Nessie! Lucky you!

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  2. You're so talented! I always feels creative in the woods. I always see stumps where little elves can live and things like that, lol! Bigfoot was in the news the other day. A vet said they are a subspecies of human. Who knows? I grew up in the 70's, too, and BF was really popular.

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    1. Thanks, Gwen! Me too. Shh, don't tell anyone, but I believe in the wee folk. My grandfather was only 5 foot and Irish. I swear he was part leprechaun. The vet was Dr. Melba Ketchum; she's from Texas. I'm not exactly sold on her theory of them being a human hybrid. I'd like to think they were still something of the paranormal. It's more fun that way. :)

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  3. Candilynn, I love the picture!! I, too, am a fan of the unknown :)

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  4. You're absolutely right about having to channel your inner child in order to write for kids. The subjects of your books sound perfect for sparking their imaginations. I know I'd have loved to read about all that creepy stuff when I was young! :-)

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    1. I recall working in a children's library. My third and fourth graders, boys especially, loved this sort of thing. I could never find enough for them to read on these subjects. Hail to the inner kid!

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  5. Love your doodles Candilynn! And I'm with you: real or not real, I prefer not to know. :-)

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    1. Hey thanks, E.J. I appreciate your kind thoughts on my sketch!

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  6. Lovely doodle. Great expression on Big Foot's face. Sometimes the unknown is a thing with teeth, and it comes at the whisper of its name. Beware! :-)

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    1. Oooh, I love the thought of that, Roland. Maybe if I say his name 3 times, he'll appear. Bigfoot, Bigfoot, Bigfoot!

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    2. Thanks for the doodle compliments. :)

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  7. I love your doodle. And Bigfoot is in one of my stories idling in the wings, the dragon fantasy story. And no, he's not a subhuman :-). Definitely otherworldly about it.

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    1. Aw thanks, Angela! I have two other stories squirming around in my head as well. Now, if I can get my butt in the chair and write them. :) A dragon fantasy story? Yummy read!

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  9. "...and trust me, kiddos can spot a liar-liar-pants-on-fire from a mile away."

    Hahaha - Love it! That is so true. :D
    Love the drawing, too. ;)

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    1. Thanks bunches, Melissa. I'm always nervous about uploading my doodles, but lately (this is my second one), I've said what the heck. I'd rather use my own than use ones from the Internet and get in trouble later down the road.

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  10. That doodle is awesome! And I love reading and hearing about such creatures, like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster, etc. The mystery is so much fun.

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    1. The mystery. That's what it's all about!

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    1. Lol, Kelly. But think of how sporty you are! I couldn't touch your sportiness with my baby toe. Unless you count down dog as sporty. :)

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  12. http://laurelsquill.blogspot.com/2012/12/blogging-award.html

    I nominated you for the Liebster Award. See my link to read about it!! Have a great Day - you have a great blog!! Laurel

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