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An Unsupported Theory

September 22nd, 2018, 5:28 am

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Reply skyangel, September 22nd, 2018, 5:28 am

'Never more alone than when in a crowd' is one of the most interesting expressions that has always fascinated me. I grew up in a family of three children and we shared a lot of the same interests in art, books, film and music etc but I always felt a desperate need to slide back into my own private fantasy world with imaginary games and writing or drawing made up stories.
I haven't really changed much over the years and though I crave companionship and fear being on my own for too long I also still cherish my ‘own’ time just as much as ever. I think all writers must be that way to some extent as it's very hard to slide into a make believe world when you are surrounded by people who may at any moment demand your attention when you are at a most thrilling point in your ‘daydream’. So for me personally that feeling of loneliness is never more acute than when attending a function where I felt obliged to attend but at the same time didn't want to go because I don't really know anybody there.
The same feeling can come from one's own friends though, just as Sarah is finding here, where a personal belief is mocked by the very people you hope to be more supportive or understanding.

Next week: Sarah begins to feel her friends disbelief is turning to ridicule!

Have a nice week ;)

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Reply kidcthulhu, September 22nd, 2018, 2:09 pm

I think people require more space than they realize. Also, fantasy can be a good thing as long as it doesn't consume you. But I have no idea why society as a whole has so much trouble with those two concepts ^_~

Reply ohanyname!, September 23rd, 2018, 1:12 pm

@kidcthulhu: I find real life strange enough not to feel the need for fantasy, superstition, religion etc. I wouldn't call myself 'society as a whole' but I do have a problem with some fantasies, such as Scientology, which I think is definitely harmful.

If you want to fantasise about something that seems completely counter to all the logic you ever knew, borrow a book from the library about quantum mechanics! The first one you should borrow should have lots of pictures and not many equations - even if maths is or was your best subject. Even simple concepts like quantum tunnelling can be really maddeningly counter-intuitive to start off with!

If you then decide that Science is Wonderful, then you won't be the first person who has abandoned webcomics for Science - came to an end when Arienna followed my advice and gave up waitressing and webcomics and became a Civil Engineer. A loss to webcomics, maybe, but as many of them were about her lack of self-confidence, I'm sure that our loss is her gain! This also shows that artists and Scientists aren't different creatures - both are creative activities.

Reply skyangel, September 29th, 2018, 7:16 pm

@kidcthulhu: I totally agree! I think the majority of people use television as an aid to escape from stress or boredom, but when that entertainment is lacking they feel disappointed. The beauty of a personal fantasy is that it can go exactly where you want it too which has to be very good for the soul!

Reply Linn, September 23rd, 2018, 3:51 am

You should read up maladaptive daydreaming, it's an mental condition actually which I think at some scale can be normal in a way but it can take over ones life. Its super interesting. I think alot of artists has maybe more chance to experience it since they work mainly by imagination.

Reply skyangel, September 29th, 2018, 7:12 pm

@Linn: That certainly is an interesting subject to study. I find it very hard to daydream when other people are around or if I'm doing a task that requires too much thought, but when I'm left alone and doing something mundane like washing up I slide effortlessly into daydreams.
You're right though, I'm sure that any writer must be able to detach themselves from real life to be able to write a story as it's that 'living it' in your mind that generates the different characters responses to a situation and each other.
Most importantly though I noticed very early on in my own writing that I had a distinct advantage over younger writers in that being a late starter I had much more experience of life beyond school to help stimulate my writing whereas those still in school seemed to be confined to keeping their stories within it. This makes me think that the ability to write well depends equally on real experiences as well as plenty of imagination to explore or manage those experiences in other ways.

Reply Linn, September 29th, 2018, 7:34 pm

@skyangel: Yes absolutely our real experiences will affect the writing and we get more insight to things. Its also why references and research is so important too because we cant 'know it all' so sometimes we just need to read about it when we can.
I do the same thing, depending on the time. If i'm doing a new comic story or got ideas for an arc ill run the entire story in my head before i write it down, dialogue and everything. It doesnt always work so well because in our brains we can think of things more cinematic and making a comic out of it is pretty hard haha.
Its a nice thing though because we never get really bored, there's always something to do... :D

Reply ohanyname! (Guest), September 23rd, 2018, 12:58 pm

@skyangel: I grew up in a family of 3 too (my sisters are Sarah and Jane!) and a family can be a very lonely place too - I concluded religion was a load of old codswallop in my late teens which created a breach that has never healed - which is why I so enjoyed Cathy, which is pretty much my story. My big sis (who I haven't spoken to in 15 years) were both Berks County Councillors in the early 1990s and boy did the sparks fly. If you want a storyline based on real-life sibling hatred, I think I can provide one!

Reply ohanyname!, September 23rd, 2018, 9:05 pm

Marriage at Sea One of the obscure rights of being an AKC is that you can marry people at sea in the absence or incapacitation of the Captain. He's going to be conveniently unavailable when off the Lincolnshire coast I say:

'Do you, Christine, take this woman, Sandra, to be your wife, to have and to hold, till death you do part?

I think there'll be tears. Of joy!

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