Nudity in art.

Whoa, what’s this? Where are we going?

I can imagine you’re surprised about the title of this blog post. Read on and you will find out the reason for it. Feel free to stop reading if you are not at all interested in the subject, or if you’re allergic to nudity. Or art.

So what is this about? Nudity? Or art?

Birth of Venus, by Botticelli
‘David’ by Michelangelo

Nudity has been since long a part of art. As the image up here demonstrates. But not only paintings have touched on the subject. Also sculptures, like the famous one of David by Michelangelo, obviously aren’t covered in clothes. They celebrate the human form.

Of course, these two examples lead somewhere. Yes, and they lead to… books.

Books? About nudity?

Yes, most definitely, and I don’t mean large hardcover books with nothing pictures of nude people, although that would fall in this category as well.

I am actually talking about actual fiction books, stories like you read in so many books – fantasy, science fiction, adventure – but these stories involve naked people. Not people that are into all kinds of sexual adventures. If you expect that, then congratulations, Internet, for ruining another person’s train of thought.

This is about naturism, or as the US says: nudism.

Naturists on a beach

Are you still reading? Good for you, and thank you for the trust (these days trust seems to be necessary when the word nudity is used).

There is a broad range of books in that category available, in many genres.

You may wonder how I know this. (Really? Do you?) It is because I am a naturist myself, and I have written several books in that category too. For that, I use a pen name.

No one is going to force you to see or learn more about this, but if you are curious, you can follow this link to find out more. Word of warning despite everything: remember that naturism means naked people.

T. Tools #AtoZChallenge

azbloggingT. Tools

Tools. Indeed, dear reader, even a writer has tools. Hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, I think the entire tool kit can be brought out into the open when a writer is at work. Of course these devices look a bit different from those:

toolkit

The actual tools are things like notepad, tiny scraps of paper with notes all over them. Tools can look like a program (word processor, special writers’ software), but also like a lawn with a writer lying down on it while it looks as if this writing person does nothing. Often those are the hardest tools to use. These are needed when something needs to be hammered into shape. A scene or an entire chapter can fight back, and needs to be approached with care, mental gloves and a strong hammer. Which, indeed, are applied while spread out on a lawn, or sitting on a chair whilst staring out a window. Don’t be fooled by a writer in such a position, dear reader. Those are often the crucial moments where most work is done. Because contrary to popular belief, the act of writing is not the biggest effort when one writes a book. It’s what goes ahead, around, through and beneath it. It’s the legwork of the mind. Because yes, the mind is one of the most powerful ad versatile tools of a writer. The mind that summons the stories grates away at the words, chisels the ideas and polishes the sentences. And when something’s gone wrong, that mind-tool puts all the chipped-off parts back and finds a new approach to make the story work. Which again may involve a chair and a window, or a lawn, or a stroll through a park.

As you see, a writer uses many a tool. All of them are needed, all of them have their place in the creation of a book, an artwork that the writer creates. For you.

Sound advice.

I found this bit of advice on Facebook (the link may die, as it is not something I posted):

…go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

How wonderfully and simply true.