This is the second part of my Disserambling (dragon word derived from dissertation and rambling) about the Three Maxims of Life.
I started with two propositions or thesis:
1. Happy thoughts were dragon shit.
2. All artists are depressive people.
After some kind insights and a lot of digesting I have changed my propositions.
1. Some artists are depressive people.
2. Happy thoughts are not enough for permanent effective results (better wording.)
Fact: We as individuals and our personal worlds -all those things surrounding us- are not just made of thoughts. Our writing is not only made of thoughts either. We are integral sensory beings. We think but we also feel, hear, see, taste and smell. Physical truth, both in writing and in life.
Exercise 1. Answer these questions. What was the most heart-breaking moment of your life (or one of them)? What was the happiest? What do you hate to eat? What's your favorite perfume? Your favorite song? What did you eat Thursday two weeks ago? Where were you on April 8, 2010? Where did I leave my keys?
Anyway, it is proved the memories we remember easier are those that involve emotions with senses -yeah, just like good writing. That's why I included the maxims and that's where my proposition of "Happy thoughts are not enough" come from.
Exercise 2. I was tore between asking you to think on a lemon and asking you think on vomit. I needed an example to trigger sensory memories with physical response. Let's use the lemon. Look at your hand and visualize a green and yellow lemon there. It's fresh. It's cut in half and it's juicy. Smell it. Imagine your face expression the first time you tasted an acid lemon. Your mouth waters.
I am sure many of you have done this type of exercise before, even unintentionally. You think on something, bring memories of the sensory details and get a physical effect. A very tangible response on something that is really not there. You are imagining it. Therefore, the thought alone cannot make the trick if it doesn't involve sensory triggers.
Likewise, words don't draw me into a story if the writer doesn't give me thoughts, emotion and sensory prompts as well. The stories that involve all of this, are the stories that will not just make readers travel from their places into the location where the story takes place. Those stories are the ones that stay with the reader for a long time after he or she has put the book aside. They have an everlasting effect.
Same happens when happy thoughts are combined with sensory and emotional prompts. It works different in the brain. It is not denying the pain and repeat like parrots "I'm ok, I'm ok" when everything inside screams we are not. That's empty talk and doesn't get us any lasting result. On the contrary, if we have the thought "everything is going to be alright" and we remember our moments of greatest, deepest peace to such detail that we actually relive them again; if we strive (it's not easy, and worst when you're in your "dark moment") and do not quit until we have fully grasped that memory, that sensation, the physical welfare, the emotional peace, and we keep the "everything is going to be all right" thought, then, we may achieve something more effectively.
We will have an effect that stays with us long enough to help us face our "dark moment" with a clearer mind and a stronger spirit.
Conclusion: Happy thoughts are not enough, they are just part of the recipe. Like words are just part of a book and a person doesn't have to be an island in a sea of people. Referring to the video in my first post, the racer got his father's help in his moment of darkness, to help him finish the race. Writers have a wonderful supporting community at your service (IWSG).
If you keep in mind we are integral beings, and you involve EVERY part in the process, besides the happy thoughts; then, I assure you everything WILL be all right.
Thanks for your time!