Creative Writing: Developing Skills
A prime requisite for a good online dancer is creative writing skills, something for which a real time dancer has little need. Translating actual dance moves into words is not always simple. You must develop good writing skills to effectively get across the essence of your dance.
"While it may be instinctual for a woman to dance her need to men, to show her emotions in movements, the refinement of these emotions takes training, as does instruction in the basic forms of the various Gorean slave dances."
Try and visualize what you are doing when you dance, the situation you are in. Close your eyes and visualize yourself dancing. If you see it you can write it.
1. Where are you? What do your surroundings look like? What are the colors in the room? Are there windows, is the light coming through? Is it moonlight, or sunlight? Are there furs? Tables? Are you in the desert on a sand dune? Are there tents around, if so, are they multi-colored? Who else is there, anyone? Who? SEE where you are with your mind's eyes.
2. What do you hear? The wind? Music? Silence? Talking? Animal sounds? Whispers? Rain? Thunder? LISTEN..what is it you hear?
3. What do you smell? Animals? Food? Wine? Sweat? Does it smell good or bad? Do you smell the salty sea? BREATHE in, what do you smell?
4. Is it cold, warm, hot? Is the air still, breezy, stormy? Is the air heavy, thick, smokey from a campfire? *Remember there was no tobacco on Gor. Is there tension in the air, or joyful lightness? FEEL your surroudings.
5. Do you taste the salty air of the Thassa on your lips? Or the heavy sweetness of beverages in the air, tasting them upon your lips? TASTE the surroundings.
6. Does the weight of your skirt blow in the breeze? Does your naked body glisten in the torchlight? How do you see yourself? What are you wearing? How is your hair fixed? On the oustide as a third party looking at a kajira ready to dance...what do you see? Do you have props? Cymbals? VISUALIZE.
SEE ~ SMELL ~ TOUCH ~ TASTE ~ HEAR
A kajira/kajiru is in tune with their surroundings and learns to anticipate. Anticipate the needs and desires or the Free as well as being able to sense something perhaps before it happens. Ever smell the rain before it actually started raining? Had your mouth water just by smelling of something delicious? Know who a man is, just by the scent of his cologne? How in tune are you to what goes on around you? Truly?
Our senses are what stimulates our imagination. It creates memories of what things taste and feel like. Ever go to drink what you think is tea and have it be a coke instead, or something along these lines? Our memory knows what tea should taste like, and we are shocked and caught off gaurd when it's not what we expect.
So, how does this apply to dancing? Our senses stir that imagination and our imagination is what allows us to incorporate feelings and create images with our words based on how we know things look, taste, feel, sound, and smell. Our audience knows those things as well, their own senses have engrained into them these same type memories, which will allow them to relate to what we are portraying.
For example, look at the picture at the top of the page. Lemons. Who doesn't recall how those look, taste, feel, and smell?