Write 2 Be Magazine

For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box

Learning To Use Your Imagination by Rosalinda Flores-Martinez

At the moment I am too rational. As I am too rational, I become rigid and seriously focused on what I am doing, like work in the office, objective tests, exact figures, and editing manuscripts.

However, as I am a writer I need to be creative. I need to play. My playground and my rendezvous is the blank page. When you have read a lot and made thinking as a hobby, you will learn how to associate ideas quickly.

You will see the sky as a vast board of the earth; the lake, a cup; stars and moon as pins or necklace; or you as my lover. You will imagine things far beyond your reach or draw images in paper to enchant, inform, entertain, be understood or share some fun; maybe magnify some purpose and God.

It is nice to be silly sometimes, or to shed sorrow, or rage. Words would always welcome if you value their presence and pass them on for all to link and love. Words give light. They show pictures.

The German Schiller wrote, “Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is told by life,” (Bruno Bettleheim, The Uses of Enchantment).

In the Holy Bible, stories and manuscripts are packed with metaphors.

Through the years, nursery favorites spin in child or adult lessons about life, about good and evil, how to manage things, be happy or succeed in the end.

Poets use their senses keenly to weave words.

“Imagery is best defined as the total suggestion of poetry,” says John Ciardi (How Does A Poem Mean). As an example, read the Song of Myself by Walt Whitman.

Also, read the descriptive essays of Thoreau’s Walden Pond. The essays present vivid pictures.

Our imagination is a gift from God. It must be used for the purpose of understanding each other. In Art, imagination makes all things beautiful because by it we can feel emotion, history, and be aware of the life we live.

In today’s culture, we know Thor, Gandalf, Cookie Monster, Mickey Mouse, vampires, iron man, superheroes and androids, among others. They are alive with us now, as the stories and myths in the books, as the old nursery rhymes, as Grimms’ Fairy Tales, as the Psalm songs, as the poems and the metaphors we create now.

So make fire, water, air and earth. Use words not crayons. Make an image to let others understand you. And as a saying goes in writing, “Show! Don’t tell.”

About Rosalinda Flores-Martinez

She completed a course in Freelance Journalism and Short Story Writing at the International Correspondence Schools (Seal of the Schools at Scranton Pennsylvania); majored in Fine Arts Creative Writing at De La Salle University.


About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter was born and raised in the Prince George’s County Maryland and has had a very big imagination since a very early age. She has been writing poetry since she was in elementary school around the age of ten. Her love of words has allowed her to express herself in ways in which verbally she can not. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and the author of a collection of poetry, The Art of Love under the Pseudonym Gemini, and a novel titled The Diary: Succession of Lies under the Pseudonym Jaycee Durant. She is looking forward to producing two new online magazines, Write 2 Be, and Write 2 Be*Kids, in 2013 under Write 2 Be Media Co. She is currently working on her third and fourth novels and is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing in your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big.

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This entry was posted on March 15, 2014 by in Contributing Writers and tagged , , , .

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