The See Within
Janie Lynn Panagopoulos
Imagine for a moment we, as writer's, are made of two rhythms. One breathes in and becomes inspired the other breaths out - and becomes the inspiration.
The writer breaths in and is inspired by creativity, and imagination that is all around us, we can see it within. As we breathe out the reader breathes in our inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and becomes inspired. Our gift to the reader. The writer reflects the reader reacts. One feels while the other interprets.
As writer's we learn to balance these two rhythms by using our senses, by sensing the world both from the outside in observation and from the inside in emotions, spirit, and passion.
Life as a writer constantly changes like a Sea within. To see writing from the inside out. To see what everyone see's, but to see it differently. The sea within, our inner world, is borderless, moving, gathering, connecting, creating a world to see, feel, and imagine.
The sea within flows, and is as individual to the writer as it is to know oneself, to see within. To know oneself allows the writer to stand in other's shoes, to create life in characters, and to share knowledge and secrets. This sea within is the foundation of the writer's life to see.
Having a purpose to write, deletes the lost sense of randomness in life. It gives our stories depth and recognition. If I have a purpose to write, it will not be something else that gives me purpose, but it is me looking at myself as the purpose - to see.
To see the writer's sea from the inside out needs a strong inner compass in our ever changing world. For this we need our North Star to give us direction, we need our families, our teachers, our friends. These things help us stay afloat and keep direction, allowing us to breathe in and become inspired and breathe out inspiration for others; to feel the rolling of our waves of emotions, to create, and interpret spirit and passion.
Writer's swim in your sea of imagination, attend to your own purpose, tap into your inner being, see as no one else has seen before.
Copyright 2017 Janie Lynn Panagopoulos
I have had people over the years ask me what it is like to be a writer. I always find that question interesting because it isn’t something I think about; being a writer is just who I am. I think I was born to write. I know I was born to tell stories.
My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Richardson pushed me into writing with the threat, “Put your ideas on paper and stop disrupting my class or you’re gonna spend another year, right here, in my classroom.” I can still see her mustached upper lip snarling at me and her piercing black eyes flashing with punishable seriousness.
I always had my own ideas, from the time I can remember, about everything. I watched. I listened. I commented on everything (whether anyone was listening or not), and if I didn’t comment verbally, I had a continual inner-dialogue going on in my head. Words, words, words, thoughts and ideas went along with reading stacks of books.
I always thought if I went to school in the 90s and not the 60s, they would have probably had me on a drug, and I would have sported a label. Gratefully, I had parents who took my nosy, commenting energy and turned me into a storyteller.
Sitting on a street bench with my mother we would “people watch” and tell each other complete stories, that, we were certain were true. I felt like Sherlock Holmes, at an early age, watching, listening, observing limps and broken heels, scars, and scratches. Going to lunch and sitting in locations where I could ease-drop and overhear conversations, picking out accents, attitudes, and storylines.
People today, often mistake my, self-inflicted, solitary life, for aloofness or arrogance. It is not that; I just want to watch, smell, hear, taste and feel everything that is going on around me, completely.
It is often difficult for writers to turn off the writer inside to socialize or be with groups of friends or even family. I know that sounds strange, but it is the demanding part of my work that pulls me, secretly, into the viewpoint of strangers. Sometimes playing with my imaginary friends, my characters, is just so interesting.
Writer’s to communicate must observe, smell the flowers, and hear the bees to have something to write about.
So when asked what it is like to be a writer, I just shrug my shoulders and mumble something along the lines of being weird and just, a nosy observer.
Author, historian Janie Lynn Panagopoulos has worked in the field of historical research, interpretation, and professional writing for over 37 years. Starting in the advertising field writing commercials for radio, television, newspapers and magazines, she moved into journalism and writing columns for newspapers and magazines with over 1,000 articles to her credit. Nearly 25 years ago, she began writing Great Lakes historical fiction novels for students 3rd-8th grade. Panagopoulos believes sharing the stories of our American past, helps students understand who we are, today, in history.