Interpretation

Conceptualising and expressing ones observations is a skill largely acquired through practice and experience. 

Every writer has a voice, a way of expressing their ideas. This voice evolves from their main style of interpreting events. 

Some people interpret events in a factual, bullet-point-like manner, sticking to key details of events, while others do so in an emotional manner, drawing attention to they way things caused people to feel. Some people use a combination of both. 

Interpretations and narratives are largely influenced by experience and interest. This is why three people with different interests could witness the same event and tell three completely different stories about it. 

I once attended a gala with a friend and, when we were asked about our experience, although all I could recall was the magnetic ambience, her account of the night was centred mostly around some guests’ unconventional fashion sense (which, if I’m being perfectly honest, I didn’t even notice). Because she is a fashion designer, her attention was drawn to details mine was not and thus influenced her interpretation of the event. 

Understanding what influences you is key to finding and developing your own voice in literary expression. 

Exercise: 

  1. Take some time to reflect on the events of your day. What stands out to you the most when you recount your day? 

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