Shortly, Simply, and Sweetly

All right. Maybe you couldn’t tell, but I’m having a writer’s complex thingy or whatever you want to call it. I don’t really know what my life is doing to me right now. I’ve got a part time job that I’m saving using to save money for college, I’m trying to get ready for college (if that ever happens), I love to write, and I get stressed out majorly with the thought of having to market a book as soon as I have the outline done. Maybe that’s not the right wording for that idea, but I don’t really think I can keep saying “I have a blog” and blog as avidly as I do.

So, to put it shortly, simply, and sweetly: this will be my last post for several years. I’m going to write for the sheer fun of it and just have fun writing for the sheer joy of it when I have free time. Bruce Wayne is leaving Gotham. Good luck!

And as always (or most of the time), remember to stay j-LARGE.

Your Life As a Writer

For many, being a writer is merely a hobby, the biggest secret of their lives, and if people do know they write, then it’s just kind of a weird thing only one in every thousand people do. If you find yourself in this category and you find satisfaction in that, be my guest. There is no need to go around proclaiming yourself a writer as Gospel Truth.

For those of you who aren’t satisfied with being the weird person in the room, here is a little suggestion from another unpublished author. Think of yourself as a superhero. I’m sure there are plenty of similarities you could find by yourself with many superheroes, but for this post Batman will be our hero of interest.

Think of yourself as Batman. And Bruce Wayne. You are both. Bruce Wayne goes out and is just another face in the crowd. He even presents himself as anything but a hero — a flirting, drinking, fun-loving billionaire. Bruce Wayne comes home and gets on his computer and researches people, events, places, things. He exercises his mind and his body. He gets wise counsel from Alfred. Batman goes out and with the data he’s collected on his prey, hunts and takes down his prey, leaving them for the authorities.

Writers are just like Batman. You are just like Batman. You are an individual with your own identity that everyone sees just like anybody else they see. You are just another face in the crowd. A nobody. But the great part is they only get to see what you choose to let them see.

All the while that they are just seeing a face in the crowd (not even that really, because they aren’t even noticing you), you are observing everything and everyone, the way people laugh, scowl, drink, talk, smile, shake hands, say goodbye, approach the buffet table, leave conversations, and much, much more. You come home after putting on a show with your extrovert side as a front. You record things in your journal, put ideas into the computer, maybe a little research on writing or a particular setting or personality type. You exercise your mind and your body with assorted writing prompts, breaks from writing related projects, and relaxing walks. Then the time comes and in a moment’s notice, you’re out the door and headed straight for the problem – the mental thugs depriving those blank pages of yours of the justice they deserve – and you write.

So for those of you, like myself, who need a little more mental encouragement with what you are doing with your life as a writer, liken yourself to Batman and put on an extrovert front for the world to see, while secretly doing amazing things on the page down in the secret depths of your writer’s cave.

Red Ink

I recently looked at an old, forgotten draft of a book I said I was going to publish in November, and then in June. Maybe you remember it. It was covered in red ink and to be honest, I don’t remember why I stopped working on it. Oh, right. Yeah…

Anyway.

While I was looking at that draft, I realized I wanted to make changes to it (on top of the ones already inked out on the page). I got deeper into it and found myself enjoying getting back into it. Maybe that’s why they say let something sit awhile after you’ve finished a complete first draft.

So, if you’re stuck, I really hope I can help you by throwing this tidbit out there: try editing something you haven’t looked at in awhile. Try rewriting a scene in Alice in Wonderland, or Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings, or something you’ve written yourself. And try this as well, don’t look for a better way to write something. Look for how bad the piece is already. Or at least be negative about it.

Consider this post a writing prompt (or even a writing command, if I may be so bold)!

How about you? Have you already tried this before? Let me know down below and perhaps we can make each other’s day? Hey, that would be awesome. Why don’t you? Go ahead, make my day.