Miscellany

A writing tip for you, from the non-writer like me.

When I started out writing like a mad fool in the fifth grade, I was like a runaway train.  I was full speed ahead with ideas just pouring out like a broken faucet.  NO! Like a runaway train. 

As I got older, that runaway train lost momentum and was coming to a slow roll. I’ve read interviews of writers and this is just one of those things that seems to happen.

A fact of life.  You deal with it and move on or you can’t deal and you become a whiny negative mess that no one wants to be around.

I’ve dealt with it and rather well I like to think.  You change, times change, your environment changes.  Maybe you’ve moved on.  Perhaps you question yourself that maybe you don’t want to write at all anymore?  Could be, that maybe you want to change your writing style?  You think you’re not cut out to be writer?  You think you just plain suck at writing?  I’ve thought all these things and so has every other writing.  Don’t despair.

The problem is when you run out of steam and your writing is getting dull.  It has become mundane.  Even you don’t like what you write.  What do you do?

I read a book when I was growing up about songwriting.  I always wanted to be a songwriter.  (NOTE:  I have notebooks full of material if there is anyone out there who wants to collaborate)  One of his tips in the book is – Start your writing off like your talking to a friend or writing a letter to a loved one.  He even suggested writing “Dear _____” at the beginning of the song.  Good stuff huh?

I thought I would pass this tip on to you readers and possibly writers out there. This is where the writing tip is not really a tip and it’s more a suggestion and it may or may not work for you.  I’ll explain why it didn’t work for me.

Here is what happened to me. I have been working on an article about no one making it on their own.  I thought of the three people I like talking to the most and decided to write my article as if I was discussing with them, no one making it on their own.  Here is how it went. 

First, I thought I would talk to my friend Brian.  The whole article went no where.  Fast.  It didn’t even start out good, like most our conversations.  I honestly don’t even know why I bothered thinking we could have a serious conversation.  It went like this:

Dear Brian, 
Porn
Lunch
Booze
Let’s do a vacation together soon.
Gus

So I thought it would be best to talk to my friend Angie.  Angie and I can talk about anything.  The only bad thing is that neither one of us can have a clean conversation.  Every other word is a derogatory remark, the F word and usually at a dig at each other.  Won’t work here.  On the back porch with a couple of beers, sure. 

Lastly, I spoke with my best friend Brandi, whom I can have any conversation with, go deep into it with tears and all and then come out laughing.  Sadly, it’s so all over the place that even my friend Angie who has ADD can’t keep up with it.  It’s that bad.  Brandi and I have had conversations with the all the waterworks, came out laughing and forgot what we were talking about and solved absolutely nothing.  

There you have it.  No writing tip because writing is all up to you.  When I was a kid and started out writing, it was a big NO NO to start a sentence with “And” or “But”.  Now?  Please.  Not only can you start a question with “And” or “But”, you don’t even have to spell them correctly.  Write, every day, a little, a lot, experiment, doodle.  You don’t know unless you try and then put it out there.   

The oldest rule in the book – Learn the rules and then learn how to break them.  Pretend you’re a politician.  

Happy Writing!!! 

“You must unlearn what you have been programmed to believe since birth.  That software no longer serves you if you want to live in a world where all things are possible.”

-Jacqueline F. Purrell

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