Don’t ever let them teach you how to write!
The implications of this statement are encouraging and thought provoking, to say the least. It’s a line that gets to the heart of the matter, forces us to sink our teeth into something deeper – beyond the scope of words, obliterated with “grammatically correct” verbiage…
…because WRITING IS ABOUT SOUL!
Writing — true, honest to goodness writing – is about feeding the spirit, energizing the weary, and comforting the lonely. You can’t accomplish this with a well-placed comma, simple declarative sentence and mundane dialogue. No! Real writing crosses the boundaries of status quo expectations. Real writing punches you in the gut.
“It’s gut-wrenching, raw, and filled with uncensored emotion!”
But it doesn’t stop there.
It goes on to take hold of those deeply buried inner feelings, grabbing them in its fist and squishing them through its fingers ‘til you can see the passion oozing out from every ounce and fiber of your very being! Real writing isn’t nice and neatly packaged. It’s gut-wrenching, raw, and filled with uncensored emotion!
Did I get your attention yet?
Are you interested in discovering how to tap into that real writing experience? Have I made you squirm and feel a little bit uncomfortable about what it takes to be a phenomenally energized and effectively sound writer? Good! That’s how you should feel right about now, because that’s what it takes to be open to the ultimate writing experience.
Once you’re open to it, the words flow, heading downstream – and if you’re lucky, you can’t stop them.
“…like a waterfall readers can’t wait to dive into”
They bubble up and pour out of you like a river, rushing in some spots, pooling in others, pushing past rocks, trees, foliage and debris (some of which is nothing more than litter), until finally they overflow into an overpowering rush – just like a waterfall readers can’t wait to dive into, hoping against hope the bottom will be deep enough to break their fall with minimal injury! There is no sense of calm stagnancy when a writer unleashes the spirit through words – meant for an audience of … ONE.
What, you don’t really think you’re writing for the New York Times Best Seller list right out of the gate, now do you?
Even if you do, wouldn’t it be better to start out pleasing yourself? I mean, if you can’t live with what you’re writing, why on earth would you want to publish and torture the rest of us with it?
“Because we should be picky about … how we use our time”
Therein is the crux of the problem, with so many words being published in various media outlets these days. Words for the sake of words — typed out faster than a Triple Crown winner at the Kentucky Derby — wasted words vying for our unadulterated attention.
But they can’t have it, and you want to know why? Because we should be picky about what we choose to read, watch and how we use our time, a most precious commodity we must rightfully scrutinize, opting not to squander it needlessly on useless words that hold no value for us.
Write for yourself.
Writing is a personal experience and exercise of self-expression. It is not limited by boundaries of what publishers want to publish, editors want to read and experiences require to be audited, only to be censored through the powers of political correctness.
You’re not writing to please an audience. You’re writing to disrupt a planet! You’re writing to garner attention…but not for the sake of attention, for the sake of the grassroots movement of change.
Write to your head-trash.
C’mon! We all have it, and any writer worth reading taps into it regularly, exposing personal viewpoints about what’s wrong with the world, what’s right with the world, how issues can and should be better addressed, and why certain situations always seem to get a raw deal, while others seem to be unendingly euphoric.
Cast aside the bitter complaint session no one wants to hear or read anyway. Writing head-trash is about being open, honest and BLUNT! It is NOT about hatred, vengeance and bigotry.
Write from your toes.
Yes! You’ve undoubtedly stepped, walked or waded knee deep in shit on occasion; you’ve probably also been targeted by a bird overhead in the sky! This is life.
Now get on with it, tap into it, express and explode the utter complexity of maintaining your cool (depending on the situation), and being completely and profoundly disgusted by the circumstances which led to such a plight, only to find their way to a page of emotion designed to tantalize readers through your writing.
Write what you know.
You’ll never fool your readers anyway, so you might as well admit defeat before you waste some of that valuable time we touched on earlier in this article. Besides, this is where you’ll find the most resources. You already have most of them – built right in…skeletons in the closet as it were, or not.
Of course reading any of the great ones will soon prove you wrong. All writers have skeletons in their closets – be it real or imaginary, doesn’t matter. We all have them, which explains why writing is such an optimal outlet for us.
Look at the numbers.
Just don’t let the numbers box you in! Writing for pleasure is one thing. However, if you’re writing for any type of self-sustainability, you need to be an honest critic of your own numbers.
“…you’re in the wrong line of work anyway”
Study the flow of traffic. It will tell you what readers respond to in your writing. And guess what? They might respond to a topic you didn’t expect or plan to invest so much energy and time into. No matter. Adjust your thinking…or find a different line of work!
The fact remains that if your audience is enjoying something you find no pleasure writing, you’re in the wrong line of work anyway…in which case, you will probably find yourself more satisfied writing strictly for pleasure (say perhaps like a journal, blog or writing peer group).
Who knows? This could end up being the ticket that leads you to the networking circle you need to jump-start the type of writing you really want to focus on anyway.
Don’t ever let them teach you how to write, but don’t be a naive fool about reality either.
Writing is everywhere, and it comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes and packages. Some of us are born to toss this world into a massive washing machine and super wash it until the only thing that remains is a few fibers and broken strings of thread.
Others help us visualize things beyond the scope of our imagination at first sight.
Still others bring us back down to earth, helping us organize, categorize and balance our lives with necessary structure and technical details (minus the difficulties, please). Rules apply to all, but you know what they say about rules, now don’t you?
RULES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN!
M.J. Joachim has published more than 1000 online articles. Don’t miss her Writing Tips blogsite. M.J.’s interests and expertise range from Crocheting and gardening to marketing and brand management. Learn more about M.J. on our Contributors Page.