If you are reading this right now, then you are a writer. You belong here…please stay…
Here is why:
That trap door on top of your head is open and there is a mini-ladder popping out from it. Little itty-bitty tiny characters from the ether step down the tiny wooden slats with tiny flashlights and illuminate the rooms inside the dark crevices of your cranium. And late at night, they begin talking – each one bearing out a trait or emotion that either mirrors or contrasts the other tiny character. And, at any time of day, those tiny characters will flash suddenly “on” and it’s something akin to dinner conversation with people you know, people you want to explore and experiment with. (like that preposition?) The vortex of the plot, the characterization, the setting, the conflict, the message, the point-of-view swirl about till someone (your tender heart, I think) pulls the ladder in and closes the trap door atop your head and guess what.
You’re stuck with them.
You have to eat with them, sleep with them, have sex with them, argue with them, and sometimes say kind words about them. You can write in all kinds of different genres. But, puh-lease, write in the genre (mode) you feel most comfortable. And, when you don’t know what you are doing, pick up a book that, perhaps, emulates (in formula only) your work and see how they used an em-dash or used a question mark in dialogue. I like to say this, “write more readerly and read more writerly.” Write that one down and read it over and over again till it sinks in.
I am offering free writing sessions to anyone who connects with me and so far I am very impressed with the adroit and astute nature of the unpublished writers who are taking a leap with me.
They are spot on. Let me tell you. These new writers got something to say…
I am really, really happy for them.
Let’s keep it going. As Emerson once said, “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
Call me. E-mail me. Let’s start the conversation.
Well said, my friend! I enjoyed this definition.