Thursday, April 30, 2020

Meditation and the creative process in writing

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Meditation is important when it comes to every aspect of this writing process. From before conception and getting it out on paper, to the stage of completion. Starting any work of art with meditation helps with making a smoother transition. It's kinda like the oil. Creates less friction during the creative process.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Playmate

I'm sorry you've been plucked from your eternal slumber

And brought here to this god-forsaken planet but

I needed a playmate

So play with me

Hop with me

from lillypad to lillypad

Build an army of gingerbread men

Or live in a palace 

made of one of your favorite things

Please,

Please, play with me

-Sasch

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Sleepy




Sleepy

Don't rush me
My thoughts run slowly
At this hour

 -Saschia Johnson

Up Up Up


Up up up


Worlds open and shift

And move into silence

Things look up

We look up

For hope

For dreams

For guidance

Strong arms

Hang tight

While

Grips are loosen

-Saschia

Friday, April 24, 2020

Connections





Connections

These hands write and write
Wandering into the crevices between my floor boards
I thought I heard a bed bug
It's causing this insane itch
There’s a connection, I know it
Maybe it was that night with the Russian
The silly thing must want me to
teach it English.
Or it’s sent from a lover who’s
on the other side of the wind.
Maybe it bit Einstein cuz it
walks around whispering, “It’s all relative.”
As long as it doesn’t get under the wallpaper,
I’m sure I saw it wink when I swallowed that one man whole
I survived, and you must know,
Eating an entire man
Could kill you.

-Saschia Johnson

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Extracting Ideas From The Inside

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This is literally what a thought looks inside the brain. But when we think, this is not what we see. Today I'd like to discuss how we get our thoughts from conception into a place where we can mold them into a story.

Getting ideas from pure thought onto paper can be a complicated thing.

But there's a trick.
The trick is....

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

nowhere




nowhere

jumping jumping
from thought to thought
they lead
I lead
but none of it feels quite right
-Saschia

More at Jayne.Press.... Art

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Dreamers

Fantasy, Dinosaur, Future, Past



Dreamers

Don't let them get you down
I know you probably supported them
and their dreams so much so that you lost yourself
And now that you're reaching for the stars

it seems they are intentionally avoiding your endeavors
That the support you provided isn't reciprocated
That's ok cuz this is your fucking dream
Dream bigger since it's just you
dream louder and longer
and don't stop until you have everything you've ever wanted
just because they don't have the courage to support you while you're learning
doesn't mean you'll never be good enough
keep going keep digging

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Here's My Hand



Here's My Hand

What is it that I do not say
Mouth slammed shut like my tongue is a trapped mouse
the most important thoughts lead out to the ocean
Here's my hand please see inside me
Look listen
Help me filter through the bullshit
So I can finally say what I want to say
-Saschia

Conceived Ideas?

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The truth is once a piece is finished, most ideas conceived will have no place of origin. Plus, some things are meant to be kept as an artist's secret, and I respect that. 

However, Henry James left us a list of places that ideas come from and it'd be my pleasure to share that with you. 

Curiosity

Curiosity killed the cat but created a writer. I try my best not to push away the things that I'm curious about especially when it keeps returning to me. I like to dive in and find the answers I'm looking for. Then, I find new questions to explore. 

Variety of attempts

If at first you don't succeed try try again. I definitely don't always get it right the first time and that's ok. Art thrives on failure. I'm not going to give up on writing because I messed up a couple hundred times. I keep writing! And If I have to scrap an idea, I don't throw it away, I always try to tuck it away in case I can incorporate it into another piece. Or even use it to inspire new ideas. 

Exchange of view points

Hearing someone else's perspective of the world is so interesting to me. It helps to see things from outside of the box that I sometimes live in. It can definitely spark ideas after a good conversation with a friend. 

Experiment 

Experimenting and tinkering with different styles, plots, genres, or whatever else helps me to get out of the monotony of it all. Experiments are uncomfortable, they don't have a home, and they take a lot of time and focus which is all great because there's something about getting out of my comfort zone that gets my creative juices flowing. You should totally try it. 

Comparison of standpoints

I love to use conflict to inspire my writing. Passion fuels a lot of my poetry and the purpose for a couple novels I'm working on. Comparison of standpoint helps to conceive new ideas because it make me want to give my audience a story that helps to explain my perspective. 

So there you have it. The five places ideas are conceived. 
I challenge you to try a couple of these (or all) then spend time just brainstorming a bunch of ideas. Or use them create new ideas to add to a story you're currently working on. I'll be doing it with you. 


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Why We Need To Understand The Creative Process


Two reasons why it's important to understand the creative process:

First,
with any job it's important to understand the workings of the entire machine, the same goes with writing. In writing, the creative process is the machine, it's what we're using to put pieces together to make a product for our consumers, so it's our job to value our machine by knowing and understanding as many pieces as possible. 
   

Second,
There's many things that go into the creative process including where ideas are born and nurtured, how they are brought to life, and how they are pruned and molded into something digestible for a specific audience.

Once each of these things are fine tuned, it will give the writer space to spend more time on play. 

When there's more time for play, that gives more space for imagination. 

And since there's no rules in imagination, that's where freedom lies. 

So...

it's important to know the creative process not only to know the inner workings of the machine, but also to help the writer gain freedom. What an amazing way to set a strong foundation in our writing endeavors. I say it's worth any writers time and efforts. 

Writers challenge:
Let's give your imagination some freedom. I challenge you to use your imagination freely for 20 minutes no limits no boundaries just imagine something great. Don't write anything til your 20 minutes is up. 

And then when your 20 minutes is up write write write. If you're brave enough share your experience with me.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

What is the creative process?


Dragonfly, Dew, Spider Web, Morning, Insect, Dewdrops

Where do creations come from? The creative process is my favorite tidbit when it comes to finding out what goes on behind the scenes in any creative endeavor. So I've decided to research and share my thoughts on the creative process. For the sake of clarity as a writer, I will focus on the creative process when it comes to writing a book.

In writing, the creative process is a space dedicated to gathering and organizing a collection of ideas into a book. The journey toward the "completed" stage is the creative process.  There is infinite space when the creative process is started and completed, since you could consider that the readers continue the creative process over time by recreating the story in their own imaginations. The space of the process I'd like to focus on is from the gathering and collecting stage until it is no longer in the hands of the author.

This process looks different for every writer when it comes to how to compile and organize, who the piece is for, what's the point of it etc. There are many layers that go into writing a book. I'd like to delve into a few different aspects of the creative process over time to figure out what will work best for me while on my own writing journey.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Here



Here

I don't want to be alone
Hold my hand
squeeze it
to remind me you're there.
Talk to me
and send signs that you hear me
-Saschia Johnson

Bubble Bath


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Bubble Bath

The tub is full and the bubbles bobble on top
My legs have adjusted
but when the rest of me sinks in
it burns.
In the tub, I'm a lost soul
venturing from the heavens to a five star hotel
It is there I’m considered a holy whore with no divine gifts
My words
they float in front of me popping the suds
And here I soak
without a clue and nothing to give
Here I sink
soggy as a sponge in the pits of the ocean

-Saschia Johnson

Monday, April 13, 2020

Creating A Masterpiece

 



"Creating a masterpiece" can be a general term, but ideally the whole thing is a process. Here's a few things I feel go into my own writing-a-masterpiece process.
  1. Talking with like-minded people
  2. Going on adventures
  3. Curiosity
  4. Focus
  5. Determination
  6. Innovation
  7. Rest
  8. Solitude
  9. Meditation
  10. Music
  11. Research and self study
  12. Differing opinions/ contradiction
  13. That one thing that keeps you going
  14. Experimentation
  15. Mistakes
  16. and for me Tea


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Last week's list
6 reasons why you should write today.

Wet Books

Wet Books

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That smell of wet books and Chanel no 5
is no invitation
There are no arms open
stiff I freeze
Under my soles is the threshold
A cold door knob damp in my palm
Dead echoes haunt from behind
"Vanity!" they scream
A million hands reaching to save me from their sins
fingers grasping at my clothing
If only they would just listen
"hear me out!"
It's no use their minds are with moons and times
sloshed together creating the great divide
"I'll have no part!" I yell
stepping in
door closed behind
I'll have no part that whisper left my mouth
slipping to the ground
I'll have no part.

-Saschia Johnson

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Shrouded

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Shrouded

The air is thin here
among the musk and dirt
my body veiled in cloth.
I'd prefer not to be.
There's a nakedness I crave
that isn't available to all.
This nakedness, this madness is divinity
hoarded with chocolates and tea.
There's incessant knocking knocking
pounding and glass shattering
I open my hands and teeter this way and that
until the urge is gone
leaving my nakedness unveiled
and the air normal

-Saschia Johnson

Saturday, April 11, 2020

She's deep though

She's deep though

(Before she rids all things beauty)

There she was dressed to the T
Name brand from head to toe: Jeans snug, just a kiss of cleavage showing
She's mastered the art of beauty
Because she's terrible at everything else and her mind’s not like the others
She hides behind mesmerizing curves, and charms, and niceness
Why?
because not many have the time to navigate her thoughts
Her true ideas, overthought, are usually rejected.
Her ability to make sense doesn't come as easy as
tight shirts, fitted pants, and a nice purse


-Saschia Johnson

Truffles


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Truffles

Golden box filled with a cryptic variety
The folded paper to help me decipher
which chocolate I just placed in my mouth
Without that paper I poke and prod each truffle
looking for the perfect one.
And when I find the one that suits me
I close my eyes and lean back
Enjoying the fruits of my labor
It is laborious searching for that one piece
That one you can’t quite put your finger on

-Saschia Johnson
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Sleep, my friend


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Sleep, my friend

I can’t keep my eyes open
The lids
they’re being pulled down by a crane
And the weightlessness of sleep washes over me like
waves
Some bigger than others
I want to skip all this creating and let my consciousness free in dreams
But I’m almost finished just a few more lines
-Saschia Johnson

Friday, April 10, 2020

Bad Thoughts



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Bad Thoughts


They trickle in
underneath the floor boards

Like a plague sent by Moses

These aren't the crippling ones

they're the ones
that make you crave
spoiled milk

When you least expect it
they make you question
if spoiled milk is really spoiled

The dew on the leaves drip
drip drip
lifting you beneath the leaves
And you float Atop the flooding stream
Floating drifting into something serene

Then it finds you there

It's there again

Knives on necks and
Ares thrashing your
insides like an erupting
orgasm

No, this

is irrational
Think. montra.
Montra Montra

"I am a beautiful universe"

"I am light and love"

Love down a scented lane
of rosebuds and the voice of a violin
in the distance. A cool breeze soothes
my damp skin. There she is dancing
to the rhythm I wish would hold me closer
to its bosom.

There's my girl becoming one
with the ocean. This motion is an escape from
the plagues that live beneath the floor boards

-Saschia Johnson

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Love Song

Love Song



I admire his persistence
and oh, how his howling soothes
like the thumping inside her womb
those vibrating drums birthed from her mouth
I admire his persistence
how her beats stretch across his howl
The night twinkles
bare, bare, bare, with dull blood
Dance in her womb, crawl on your knees, eyes shut
A mighty hand guides you to the unknown

-Saschia 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Mason

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The Mason

He picked up a red brick
Brushed it off
and placed it on the wet cement.
He had sweat on his brow that
Drip dripped.
His overalls and long sleeve plaid shirt
Were a good choice that frigid morning
But mid-day it was 80 degrees under the sun.
He still stacked because if he didn't nobody else would.
He spread the cement with a trowel
and placed another brushed brick.
With every stacked brick he gave it a tap.
That set it in place just right.
His back had an ache and his shin had a splint
but every brick tapped was one brick closer
To being complete.

-Saschia Johnson

About the Author

Saschia Johnson writes poetry, creative non-fiction, short stories, and screen plays. On her free time Saschia likes to be with her family hiking outdoors and traveling. New England is her home and place of birth. When asked what she wants to teach the world she replied, "Don't stop searching. Too many times, in my old life, I put my search aside for more 'important matters.' I didn't realize the thing I was searching for held what was most important; my soul purpose." Saschia works daily improving her craft and at times can get down on herself, but her favorite morning mantra is "It's a new day." And that's what she strives to start with every morning. You can find her writing on Jayne. Press. She writes because there isn't any other medium she's felt such a strong connection with. Her need to write greatly surpasses her desire to write.

Moraldom

Moraldom is a collection of poems written by me, Saschia Johnson, that was inspired by my own study on the basic philosophies of Morality....