Escaping Miscommunication


Vision is what builds your story, what makes you write, and what makes your writing so unique. But it’s hard to know if you’re actually getting your point across, and getting what you see in your mind out onto the paper. Let me give an example.

On Friday night, I went (with my big brother, his fiancé, and a friend) to an ESCAPE ROOM. My first ever. I was so scared and excited, and when I finally got there and watched the entrance clip, I was TERRIFIED. I had no idea what I was getting into. The man running it explained that there was nothing really scary about the room, there was no one in there to scare us, it was just really “intense”. So that relieved some of the worry, but it came back when I found out there was only a 10% escape rate and I was stuck in the hardest room (we were all separate and had to try to communicate through the walls.)

But I thought “It’s okay, it’ll be fine. I’m a writer. Difficult is my life. We can do this.”

Then he handed me my blindfold. My first reaction (because of the video, which this happened to be a room based off of The Purge) was “OH HECK NO.” But I put it on anyway, and he led me to *my doom* the room. Then he asked, “So which hand do you want to do this without?”

Um, I’m sorry… what?!?!

Turns out he just had to handcuff me to a person through a wall, and we were connected to each other through a hole in the wall, but still.

So he handcuffed my left hand *I’m still blindfolded* and left the room. Then I hear an alarm sound, and the purge introduction played over the speakers. Then I pulled off my blindfold. And I was totally calm.

Okay, no, I lied. I screamed.

There was blood writing on the wall saying “SOmE DO IT FOR FUN” (the lowercase ‘m’ came into play later, because all of us had this writing but a specific letter was different in each room spelling out MINE). There was a spray painted tic tac toe board on the floor with letters lining the columns, a big red box in the wall (which was locked, but I could see through a crack that there was a safe and a voice recorder inside), a small brown box (unlocked, with a small gold key and a piece of paper that made no sense) in the corner of the room, and a small tic tac toe board painted up in the corner of my room with two numbers and a symbol, and there was the sound of someone tapping on a pipe through the speakers. Oh, and creepy music.

I thought my writing notes were complicated. Pft. Yeah right. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to figure out. (And we didn’t even get close to getting out.)

There was one point in time that I just sat in the middle of the floor with my head in my hands while the others were yelling and trying to understand each other.

Once the timer finally went off and we were let out of our handcuffs, the guy walked us through each others rooms and explained the process. Looking at my three teammates rooms, I realized how it worked and what was supposed to happen. I could see the whole picture. But trying to piece together three rooms and trying to communicate what each other had was just about impossible.

It’s difficult to manage and be clear when telling a story. What details do you use, what do you cut, and are you actually communicating and getting your point across? Sometimes it’s hard to actually get what you see in your head out on paper. Just like it was hard for us to communicate what we were seeing in our rooms to solve the mystery of how to get out.

The best thing I’ve figured out how to do is draw a diagram and make NOTES. Note down exactly what you see, then piece it together in creative sentences and forms. Make it unique and make it fit your vision, but also makes sense.

Communication is key. And when you think you have everything figured out, look at it again from another angle.

You can get it across.

Just be creative, and let your light shine in a whole new area of storytelling. Because you are different and unique and no stories are like yours. Embrace its uniqueness, and don’t be afraid of doing things differently. You’re strong and you’re creative. You’re unique. You’re amazing.

Let that passion show and that fire burn, because that’s what makes a writer into a storyteller. You just have to embrace it, and communicate it 😉

-Lorryn Holt

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