There is a massive mural on the North Side of Pittsburgh that rests on the upper portion of a tall building. Two female artists created the image using a scaffold and lots of paint. I like painting but I can’t imagine painting on this scale. I can’t picture how the artists were able to create the images in proportion, especially from so close.
I was thinking about this in terms of writing and I realized that I write on a small scale whether I’m writing fiction or nonfiction. My characters are typically introverted and I usually use fewer than five people in my stories. My nonfiction typically involves autism, hypnosis and psychology; all of which are introspective on some level.
I might try to break my habit of writing small. Tackling large-scale topics is uncomfortable for me. I like to focus on the mind and close interpersonal experiences. It may be time to make some writing changes.
Do you write on a large scale? Can you give suggestions about how I can look at the big picture?