[MA Creative Writing] Manifesto

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Dear Reader,

I fear that romanticism is dead. Current writers are too preoccupied with realism, they dismiss romantic notions as hyperbolic and idealistic. I agree that the reader must relate with the given circumstances of the story, and be able to imagine themselves in the character’s shoes, but the writer must do more than merely reflect what a person can already experience in everyday life.

               When I talk about romanticism people think that I refer to idealistic tales of love and happy-endings, but I am aware that there can be many outcomes to any given experience. Beauty can be found in any emotion, be it joy or agony. Realists are too cynical in their pursuit of truth, and cynicism is unhelpful, especially in art.

               I believe that it is all a matter of emotion over reason. I will write to you with my further thoughts on the matter.

               Yours sincerely,

                              A writer trying to find a place for romanticism in 2017.

P.S. I apologise if my writing is overwhelmingly philosophical and analytical, but knowing that my words are reaching someone else is soothing to my heart.


 

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Dear Reader,

The most important task of the writer is to create work that relates to its reader, and the best way to achieve that is to give focus to interiority and the individual experience. The work, like life itself, should depict the constant battle between psychological reasoning and emotional intuition. When a person discovers that they are not alone in their feeling they are comforted and, therefore, the transgression of emotion in writing can be therapeutic for both the reader and the writer. This writer-reader connection is most successful when the author writes from their personal experiences, as then it is more detailed and honest.

               Bad writers see emotions as one-dimensional, when a story should be a complex exploration of emotional reactions strung together, with the protagonist flitting between various states of feeling. As the protagonist goes on a spiritual journey of self-discovery, stories of this kind naturally build to an epiphanic moment. It is important to note, however, that their new-found knowledge is not necessarily absolute, but relevant only in the given moment, and may subject to change. I think it is essential for the writer to earn their title, I will speak to you more on the matter soon.

               Yours sincerely,

                              A writer trying to find a place for romanticism in 2017. 

P.S. I apologise if my writing is overwhelmingly emotional, but it is science that heals breaks and bruises and art that heals the soul.


 

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Postcard 3

 

Dear Reader,

Words to the writer, should be like paints to the painter, colourful and chosen carefully so that they complement each other. It is all a question of beauty.

The writer has the power to draw attention to the many beauties of the world that may otherwise go unnoticed. By beauty I do not only mean the aesthetically pleasing details of our surroundings, but also any object in our vision that is, or becomes, interesting. The dirt underneath a character’s fingernail, for example, can be just as poetic and engaging as a sunset, if it is described with the right words. 

               Realists attempt to mimic the rhythms of colloquial speech in their work, but this is not art. The writer must earn their title, they have a responsibility, and an expectation, to move people with their words, to go beyond. They have an obligation to make the ordinary, extraordinary, and must try to express the inexpressible. It is not enough to tell the reader of the character’s emotion, they must make them feel it, and this can only be achieved through uniqueness, detail and a strive for perfection. The abstract emotions are best expressed through similes and metaphors that are fearless and have no bounds, like the passions themselves.

               Yours sincerely,

                              A writer trying to find a place for romanticism in 2017.

P.S. I apologise if my writing is hyperbolic and has too much flourish, but if I want to refer to the soul, or the heart, or the senses running through my veins, then I will, because I am a writer and I am obliged to do so.


 

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