Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Crying Monkey

I love the way a simple picture can evoke a strong feeling. This image does that for me. Sometimes I feel exactly like my little girl in this picture. Images are excellent that way. Good writers strive to do that with their writing by shrinking down phrases and dialogue to make it sound both believable and fluid.

Some of my favorite writing is short and sweet. I don't think you need all the highfalutin or flowery language to convey a deeper meaning or well-known feeling. I love it when authors do this by writing something like, "He sat down." If he/she built the scene up for us, did their work inviting us into the scene prior to it, a line like that can say so much. It can even say more to the reader then something like, "He sat down defeated."

I guess if I had to come up with words to describe this picture and how I feel sometimes I'd avoid the wordy, "Sometimes I feel like a child; immature, spent, exhausted and confused. I feel like crying out to the world and taking off my fake costume." While all of that may be true, I tend to be more attracted to writing something like this instead, "I was a crying monkey."

Hopefully, in whatever context this would be used in, whether it be a short story or a novel...that would make perfect sense.

Haven't we all felt like a crying monkey at one point or another in our lives?

Happy picture taking!

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