Imagine You’re the Eagle

Imagine yourself soaring through the sky looking down at the mountains, the rivers, the valleys, the ocean. Pretty cool, huh? Sometimes a birds-eye view is also what we need to improve our creativity. So, go ahead. Imagine you’re the eagle.

Often, when we’re working on an artistic project, we think in a linear fashion. In the West, this is how we’ve been taught to view time. So, naturally our work falls prey to linear thought. Linear thought isn’t all bad. However, having the ability to rise above our work and see it from a distance can make one a better artist. Look at the whole work as if you’re the eagle.

This tactic has been especially helpful for me in writing novels. When I write a novel, I tend to work without an outline. In other words, I make stuff up as I go. Still, I’ve also found it very important to stop writing and look at the entire story from a broader perspective. In the second and third books of The Cult Trilogy, I took purposeful breaks about one-third and two-thirds through the story.

Why? So I could spend time looking at the big picture, envisioning the whole work. That helped me to know where the story should go.

Be honest. Wouldn’t it be cool to be an eagle for a day? Think of the exhilaration. We might not be able to literally fly, but we can see our work with an eagle’s eye if we choose. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.