How often do you stop and really look around? I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to walk and think. After all, wandering provides a great opportunity to mull through plot problems and life dilemmas. I also like to keep an eye on where I’m placing my feet since I have the unfortunate habit of finding roots, dips and hollows that trip me up and, more times than not, cause a sprained ankle.
Granted, keeping an eye on the ground has resulted in finding objects that I might otherwise have missed — like coins, a frog in the grass, and the dog’s lost ball — but when I’m not looking up with the intent to actually see, I miss a lot, too.
I miss appreciating the beauty of an arid landscape… (Consider clicking on photos to enlarge.)
and seeing the fire-glazed colour of the sun.
I miss exquisite fall reflections…
and brief encounters with local wildlife.
Sometimes I simply miss the potential of endless horizons…
Too often we don’t look at all, or we look but don’t see. I believe as writers we have to be keenly aware of our surroundings. It’s through observation that we learn to experience the emotions we want to convey on the page. Two closely related emotions are awe and gratitude.
When did you last experience that combination? In what situations might you have allowed one of your characters to experience it?
For the LORD Most High is awesome,
the great King over all the earth.
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