Finding the Fantastic

I want to talk very briefly about attention to detail. Not detail in writing or editing, but in life. Looking out for the unexpected in familiar surroundings. This is how stories are built.

Narrative comes from life taking a turn. It’s about starting down that same old path only to discover it became overgrown and impassable in the middle of the night. The best stories aren’t about the little girl who went to school, did her homework, and quietly went to bed. They are stories about little girl who went to school and met an alien on the way.

This post isn’t about inspiration. That’s easy. It’s about believing that the mundane can become unmundane. That the extraordinary exists. Once you believe this, you can overcome one of the biggest writing obstacles — a fear that your writing isn’t believable.

What has brought me to write this post? Over the last couple of weeks I’ve seen some amazing things in unamazing places. Just by paying attention, I’ve seen the fantastic. And, the fantastic is what writing is all about.

I have seen…

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A four leaf clover near my office.

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On the pavement in Perth. What is an Earth Rod?

Two moths mating on the wall of a block of flats. Seen walking to work one morning.

Two moths mating on the wall of a block of flats. Seen walking to work one morning.

Giant slug seen at the Botanic Garden.

Giant slug seen at the Botanic Garden.

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2 Responses to Finding the Fantastic

  1. Diane says:

    Oh yes indeed, the magic in everyday. I think one of the greatest things one can do as a parent is to show children that the ordinary isn’t that at all.

    Huh I see your slug and raise you one twice as big with grey and white striped – didn’t get a picture though so you’ll have to trust me on that.!!

    As an aside I do think that if everyone looked at the world with their eyes open to the wonder maybe so many people wouldn’t be ready to destroy and deface.

    Nice post – thanks.

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    • Rachel says:

      Wow and yuck. I was both fascinated and grossed out by the giant slug I found, if it was bigger and stripey…well, that’s just cool and weird. Love it.

      And, yes, perhaps you are correct. If we found the wonderment in the average we wouldn’t be as likely to destroy. A very good point.

      Thanks, Diane.

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