listening to Rasputina’s, “In old Yellowcake”
It seems spring fever has hit and many of my blogging pals are suffering the writing doldrums.
So, in my little attempt to cheer you guys and gals up, here’s my list on why writing, and being a writer, totally rocks.
1. Revisions- Oh, that perilous word! But think of its merits. No acting live on stage. You can edit your work a thousand times until its spit and polished. No one has to see it when it sucks.
2. It’s a lifelong passion and pursuit in which you never stop growing and improving. Like wine, you get better and better with age.
3. The characters in your head- you’re never alone.
4. Someone harassing you? Just segue into a cheery dialogue about those characters in your head.
5. Eternal youth. No need to be an overly serious adult. You get to start up your computer and play. Creating characters and worlds just like when you were a kid having fun with Barbies, lincoln logs, and toy soldiers.
6. The sound of keys tapping. The feeling of pens gliding over paper. The inexplicable feeling that comes when you enter the flow.
7. Free therapy. Unresolved issues? Pour them out on paper. There’s someone out there who will read your words and realize they’re not alone. And hey, while we’re on therapy…there’s revenge! Hated former boss? School tormenter? Turn them into a character in your novel and bump them off. There, don’t you feel better?
8. You’re the screenwriter and directer all in one. You decide which characters fall in love, who lives, who dies, happy ending, sad ending, in between ending, whodunnit…
You decide which scenes/characters/ objects warrant close-ups. And which ones need long shots. When to zoom the camera in and out. You design the sets and dress the actors.
Okay, it might take a bunch of revisions until your characters and you agree on all this. But ultimately, you wear the hat.
9. The art and craft of writing. The feeling of an idea stirring within you. That irresistable urge to bring it forth onto paper. The pure beauty of language. Stringing words together like pearls on a necklace. Typing away until you reach those delicious words, “The End”. And then, sculpting your work over and over again. Getting rid of everything unnecessary until only the bones, heart, and soul of your story remain.
10. The wondrous ability to bring joy to others. It doesn’t matter if you have a million fans, a thousand fans, or just a few. It doesn’t matter if the only person who loves your work is a family member or a friend. Just bringing enjoyment to one other human being in this screwy caravan of a world is a hell of a lot.