Ay, You're a Writer?
I must have spent several minutes now wondering about what to call this article, and in the end the best instinct was the minimalist one. The idea that something that is written online requires long, constructive, self-reassuring, and insane to follow titles is crazy thinking. Like, if I was to name the title for this (Why Write?) article, “The Reassuring Consultation for Why You Are A Writer, Sir”, then this would be great, but on what planet is someone going to search these direct words (in their direct order) on the Google search engine? Well, I might… but the vast sums of potential traffic (unfortunately) won’t.
Burdening your mind, daily, is that out-matured imagination; nagging you all day about expressing how you are feeling. It is murmuring in your ear about that show you saw last night on Channel 4 about a bunch of nerdy/geeky fashionable (no, the nerd inside of us says “fashionable", it really does) guys that are super-smart and are working at the same University in Pasadena, LA. Imagination working - what if the show was called “Fashionable” - no, it’s called The Big Bang Theory - but, what could have been… ahhh… “Fashionable”.
So many things run through your imaginative thinking in a single day that it becomes difficult to focus on the tasks ahead for the day. But, that TV Show (House of Cards), movie (2017’s It), the long lost (yet easy to find, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), that new horror movie coming out next week (Jigsaw) that you need to rally the dudes for. Imagination is just as much a part of your life now, as it was a decade ago, and yet you still cling to the hope that your brain has long lost that burden of imaginative thinking. Leave the lies behind, imaginative thinking will make you young again, and through this healthy mindset (of complete acceptance), you too can live a happier imaginative thinking life.
Imagination is connected to everything that you do in life (still resenting the inevitable truth, are ya)… Sorry, must have had Penny on the mind (from The Big Bang Theory). Imagination helps you decide how you are going to spend your free time; imagination helps you prepare your meals; imagination helps you get that promotion you have been working towards; and imagination is the reason you are the person that you are today.
People much prefer to think of imagination as a fictional mindset, when in reality imagination has such prominence in your everyday life. It is the root to solving all problems on the planet, and before a fact became a reality it was once an imaginative vision that someone had one strange evening (morning/afternoon/whenever). And, imagination is a writers closest friend/ally. When writing leads to a brick wall - many prefer to stop and stare into the abyss - when in the abyss there is only darkness - so really, the problem has worsened at this point. No, this would require inspiration (or a cup of strong coffee) of some kind, as imaginative thinking will take a classical piece of well written non-fiction and turn it into a crabby fictional piece of work that my boss will have a fit over. Hold tight, young Obi-One, the non-fictional writers may be in dismay at a Star Wars comic book, but imaginative thinking can help in all forms of written work (yes, including the non-fiction). Think of World War I, and the written work from many famous authors who depicted the life of a British soldier in the trenches, and all that comes to mind is a bullet through the eye if a person was to take a peak outside towards the enemy front. But, when BBC’s Blackadder created their fourth season, Blackadder Goes Forth, it was heavily criticised that authors (writing about the World War I events) had not written a fair view about the dramatic leadership thumb that the soldiers were under. The Blackadder Goes Forth season finale ends with Blackadder (lead character - British Officer in the trenches during the World War I battles) and the rest of the British armies (and other nationalities troops) went over the top for the final push. Blackadder Goes Forth focuses on the atrocities of World War I from inside the trenches, and the series was unbelievably well-written, and the acting matched every well-written line. So, point being, maybe these non-fictional writers for the World War I era should have used their imagination a little better.
3 Reasons Why You Should Write
The Portal to Numerous Others
A person is sometimes afraid to hear from people in the digital universe, when in actual fact it's kinda nice, unless of course there is harsh toned criticism; in which case you must remain strong, and ignore all hate. There is hate everywhere, and the internet is filled with the cruel minority of people who will look for all - and any reason to hate on a person. But, wait, you are not that person in the haters way, and this is the beauty of the written work - as it is always up for discussion - and where there is a hater for your art, all you do is turn away and feel the strength of ignorance.
Numerous others? Well, this may not be for everyone; as many write blogs, e-books, and have even started-up their own websites to pursue the dream of having millions of people read their work. Could this happen? Sure could, as many bloggers have written works that stretch the past decade and have reached a ‘success’ stage where their blogs are read a million times, each and every month. Is feedback scary? Sure, if you are 5 year old and have just handed in your thesus for why trees are good for earth. Truthfully, the feedback on the internet for written work is more like hearing like-minded peoples views on the topic that you have written about. No writing. No feedback. And, everybody needs feedback. Or, you may get to a stage where you are more bothered about traffic than the peoples comments about the work that you have written. What’s traffic? Well, online traffic is the number of people that enter onto a specific web page, and these can be counted using certain tools, and are useful for knowing which of your works have been successful over a long period of time. If you want traffic (on the internet), start that blog that you have been talking about, and all of those itching needs to start ranting on about key fashion changes in Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer can be roaring onto your blog. The name: "Me Bing Thing”, and this is the fashion blog for anyone who likes controversial fashion advice. Write the controversy, become the fashion controversy, and let the world know that you are a fashion mind that needs to be regularly fed on (less zombie, more vampire).
Growing as a writer. There is slow maturity as a writer, as all of the amateur writings have got you nowhere, and you are feeling like the world has no place for you. Writing is deep. The heart and soul of a writer is actually their pride, and when someone (a reader) strikes them down with shear brutality, they are at the mercy of that someone that they were kinda hoping would like that work. Without feedback, a person feels as though they are not good enough, worthy of another persons precious time, and are spending all of their time writing passionate work - all for not.
In truth, when there is a passionate writer - there is a passionate thinker, and connecting the two is what is going to bring in faithful feedback that leaves you thinking for long hours about how there are people who have appreciated your work, and before you know it there is yet more written work hitting keys to monitor screen, and the world has been given the opportunity to listen to another person. Every time there is a successful piece of passionate work; there is joy, humour, light distaste, horror, and a whole bunch of whatever releases the passion in your imaginative thinking brain.
A Damn Site More Fun Than Reading
Personal opinion, and reading can be a heck ton of fun if it is written by Stephen King (wink, wink…). Yeah, Stephen King has written some iconic books over the years, and it is only made better when there is a movie adaptation, and who hasn’t (read) seen; It, Misery, Secret Window, and 1922.
Reading is the only way that a person can grow in creativity, as there is so much to learn in literature; that can only be learnt through progressive thinking whilst reading books (of any nature). Really, even self-published authors on the e-book store can offer some interesting reads. The limited edition books, and where better to get a limited edition hardback than from an author that was self-published (you know, because they probably haven’t sold a single copy on hardback…), but this really isn’t a bad reason to get a hardback of a book that is from a relatively (hopefully, entirely), unknown author. This would be a proud moment, and a book that may be the first of millions of sold copies (maybe... or maybe not).
Writing is instinctual, and offers a truly definitive way to explore your mind. Being creative for an hour writing, and suddenly your own brain is forming ideas, and this would not otherwise be possible through reading. Pick a topic. Pick a story to tell. Now, start writing. Sometimes difficult when first starting out as an official writer, but most people will take to it like humans to water. Sure, you might not know how to swim, but even as a beginner you are having more fun than you were before you dipped a toe in the water. Distancing yourself from writing, and your mind is wondering around the internet browsing at blogs, and everything seems so easy. Someone has written a cool piece of blogging work, and it looks professional, so this person must be an expert. Probably worked in the respective industry (topic) for 10 years, and all of the information is pure gold. Heck, you probably left with knowledge, and that is all there was to it. Professional, well-done, understandable writing is the best and most read work on the internet, and since you are not staring down at a traditional, physical, biblical-timed paperback/hardback book, then you are already closer to being a writer. Blogging has become the demanding material for digital format reading, as journalistic work bores, a product/service is always too complicated, or nowhere else on the internet provides “how-tos?”, “top-10s”, “personal woes and yay’s”, or a real personality that I can understand and feel engaged with. My bloggers get me. My bloggers are always awesome. My bloggers are human beings, and not human garbage trying to tell me garbage about news that doesn’t affect me. And, my bloggers are always available for comment. Yep, bloggers are sometimes awesome, sometimes reliable, and sometimes original, but it is about what appeals to you as a human being. The best online/physical written work, is work done with passions and transparency, as everything must be visible, and there can never be a hidden agenda from the writer.
Summing up the previous paragraph: Writing is more fun than reading, for the most part. Although, reading is more fun than writing when engaging with blogs. The blog post is always specific, time-efficient to digest, and there is always transparency without editorial edits, BETA changes, or bosses to dictate the work. Blogs tend to be made purely for the excitement, and re-excitement of particular topics, and when they are great - they are great, and when they are bad - there is always the ‘X’ in the top right hand corner of the screen. Remember, this is about writing, not reading.
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