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Todd Crawshaw

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I'm a visual artist. By day, a graphic designer, by night and early morning, I'm a writer. For me, creative writing is a visual art, using line upon line of symbolic code to light up our neurons and transport us elsewhere. Words are like colors. They can be shaped, textured, and tinted with nuance, exposed into lightness or darkness. They heal. They cause pain. Words are complex instruments charged with poetic ambiguity. They trigger emotional collapses - a catharsis, an epiphany, a shuddering release of tension that comes in a warm torrential rush. As well, they can alight, arriving delicately, as shimmering and magnificent as a butterfly emerging from its own womb. Like atoms begetting atoms that beget molecules, when uniquely linked, wor ...more

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Todd Crawshaw Here are 3 tips for writing fiction:

Tip 1: Ask yourself: Why am I writing this book? To quote Robertson Davies (Fifth Business, Rebel Angels): “There…more
Here are 3 tips for writing fiction:

Tip 1: Ask yourself: Why am I writing this book? To quote Robertson Davies (Fifth Business, Rebel Angels): “There is absolutely no point in sitting down to write a book unless you feel that you must write that book, or else go mad, or die.” A rather extreme statement, but that is how passionate I feel when I embark on writing a novel. It relates to what Michelangelo once said: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

Tip 2: Don’t write a novel for the sake of making money. If financial success happens, great. We all want to profit from our artistic efforts. But the priority should always be: write from your heart to produce authentic meaningful art.

Tip 3: Don’t listen to me. Listen to the voices in your head. Not psychotic voices. I explore that concept in my novel God, Sex & Psychosis. What I mean is the voices of those who have inspired you to become a writer - your artist heroes. These are the voices, the muses, who will gift you with inspiration when you delve into the creative zone or, what Jung called, the collective unconscious. (less)
Todd Crawshaw Ideas for a novel come to me from time to time. Only a few germinate until I can’t resist the desire and need to develop the story, to explore this im…moreIdeas for a novel come to me from time to time. Only a few germinate until I can’t resist the desire and need to develop the story, to explore this imaginary world, and to fulfill this mysterious vision that has inspired me. I consider writing fiction to be a visual art. To quote John Gardner: “The organized and intelligent fictional dream that will eventually fill the reader’s mind begins as a largely mysterious dream in the writer’s mind.” Likewise, Charles Dickens said: “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” (less)
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I have read over 1,000 novels, but who's counting. As I'm guessing many who have signed onto GoodReads have read a significant number of books too. Those I selected as "read" signifies the novels that, for me, are standout achievements and more recent compared to such classics as War and Peace, The Odyssey and Moby Dick. Nevertheless, I felt compelled to include To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf Read more of this blog post »
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I was immediately intrigued and taken by the premise of The Lost Girls: A family legend of madness that strikes each generation of the Darling girls who, at a certain ripe age, are visited by an exacerbatingly-charming boy, Peter Pan, and are swept o ...more
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“The river asked me who I was to be gazing so longingly into her curving body of cascading dreams and shifting beauty.”
Todd Crawshaw, Light-Years In The Dark: StoryPoems

“Like atoms begetting atoms that beget molecules,
when uniquely linked, words form a DNA
of indelible visions.”
Todd Crawshaw, Light-Years In The Dark: StoryPoems

“Once you learn to listen and hear the notes clearly, then you will see the rainbow.”
Todd Crawshaw, Portrait of a Rainbow as a Young Man:

“Do you know how pale & wanton thrillful
comes death on a strange hour
unannounced, unplanned for
like a scaring over-friendly guest you've
brought to bed
Death makes angels of us all
& gives us wings
where we had shoulders
smooth as raven's
claws”
Jim Morrison

“Like atoms begetting atoms that beget molecules,
when uniquely linked, words form a DNA
of indelible visions.”
Todd Crawshaw, Light-Years In The Dark: StoryPoems

“I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“The river asked me who I was to be gazing so longingly into her curving body of cascading dreams and shifting beauty.”
Todd Crawshaw, Light-Years In The Dark: StoryPoems

“I live by four simple words. Love. Being. Here. Now.”
Todd Crawshaw, Heretofore

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