In this monologue I fill in a little spare time, by talking about external and internal influences for writers and the craft of story telling. I explore how we can perceive the outer world and the inner world, as a means of collecting material for stories. I also look at how we can draw material for stories from the 3 primary states of consciousness - the waking state, the dreaming state and deep sleep state.
A few things I should clarify.
I use the words inspiration and influences interchangeably, although technically they mean different things. Kenneth Slessor's (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Slessor) El Alamein refers to his poem Beach Burial. I forgot to mention Judith Wright, an Australian poet I studied under Mr Campbell : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Wright. Here's the Australian Raven : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_raven . The five sense doors plus the sixth (mind) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayatana. Forgive the surplus so's ! My awareness was a little dim, as I shivered my way through this monologue !
More relevant links :
Ruth Park : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Park
Douglas Stewart : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Stewart_(poet)
Kurt Vonnegut Jr on the Shape of stories : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ
Beach Burial :
This is a brief TSM, in which I give you a brief example of how I take writers observations when I’m out and about. I took this particular set of writers obs when I was out waiting for my son to run an errand in a near by town.
I use writers obs to help me make a rough record of characters that might inspire me when writing about a particular fictional character in a piece of writing later on. Writers obs are JUDGMENTAL, so that I remember what I’ve seen, not because I make judgments of everyone I see.