Wednesday, August 6, 2014

THE THING ABOUT WRITING

Deep breaths, now - in & out, & out & in.  Repeat.  Smile.  Laugh.  Look presentable.  Be friendly, kind, honest, bearable.  Have charm, charisma.  Act like everything is going just fine because shit if it always is - or isn't.  Use proper grammar, spelling, syntax, alliteration, humor.  Write to an audience.  But fuck if I haven't already ruined that last rule with this entire mess.

You see, the thing about writing is - there is no right or wrong way.  Nobody is going to ever teach you how to write.  If you are an enchanting verbal story teller, you'll probably write one helluva novel with the help of some fine editors.  If you're great at details, maybe you'll create a land, a place for people to get away.  If facts are your thing, perhaps you should become a reporter, a columnist, a journalist - an honest one.

The thing about writing is that every time you try, you are making yourself better.  You're opening worlds of possibilities through fluid thoughts of words on paper (or screen), that fill peoples minds with more imagination than they could have ever thought - while simultaneously invoking an endless stream of imaginative powers.  While writing, you are tapping into a well of knowledge you never knew existed.  The words stream from your thoughts like a babbling brook - babbling, bubbling, blunder of the mind.


This is why we write.  This is why, despite being told by our College English professor when we were a 17 year old freshman that we are stupid, we persevere.  We surpass expectations, judgments, goals, & we devour words, stories, the imaginations of others.


Classic charm is inspirational, masculine chivalry is attractive, innocent laughter is adorable.  Because when we were 14, we taught our English teacher how to spell chauvinistic.  We adore Sofia Coppola & Wes Anderson movies due to the amount of detail - watching one of their films is almost as good as reading a book ... almost.

The thing about writing is that you get practically addicted to it.  The act of reading, researching, learning, & creating amazing stories, funny blurbs, or simply a post on a blog about writing enthralls us, weakens us, & keeps us coming back for more.  This is why we write.  Not simply due to an addiction, but due to the idea that we can inspire others to do the same, just as we have been inspired in the past.

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