Sunday, March 16, 2014

When writing, sit up straight.

When writing, sit up straight.

You’re making your own world, and it needs someone who sits up straight.  Don’t write the story the outside world deserves.  Be the writer your created world deserves.  You love this creation of yours, don’t you?  You want what’s best for these characters.  You’ve thrown them into hell to make them stronger so they can face anything or die trying, haven’t you?

Fine.  They may not know you in the intimate ways you know them.  They may never see your face or hear your voice.  You may never meet them face to face (and if you do, perhaps you should worry) but they are yours.

When writing, sit up straight.

It may not be the most comfortable position.  It is tiring and you might even get sore after a while.  You may want to slouch and slump or huddle over the keyboard.

Don’t.  If writing were comfortable, it would not be worthwhile.  A king’s throne is never comfortable.  While you are allowed your soft office chair at your lush desk, do not slouch back in the seat.  You are not meant to be comfortable.

When writing, sit up straight.

You are a creator, a dreamer, a thinker, a marvel.  In having a taste of playing god, you understand how hard being God is.  You understand the relationship between creator and creation better than most.

Make.  You were made in the image of a Maker.  Who heard the voices of the gods?  The poet.  Who kept the stories of the people?  The bard.  Who called the village to the fire to sit and listen? The storyteller.

When writing, sit up straight.

Do not get arrogant.  You’re fool to a fickle muse.  Your road is hard and the journey long.  Listen to the masters, to those who have gone before you.  Never stop looking for anything.

Learn.  You are a novice, no matter how long you’ve been at this.  You will never be an expert.  There is no peak.  You can always go a little higher than before.

When writing, sit up straight.

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