Writing My writing is like a Christmas present from your grandmother: its a guaranteed surprise. No matter what I write, no matter what the topic, time or place, Im never sure how something is going to turn out. Now, just because its a surprise doesnt mean that it isnt good. And, just because its a surprise doesnt mean it isnt an accident either. Werent Corn Flakes and Penicillin discovered by accident? All Im trying to say is that every piece of my writing is an adventure: an unusual collection of thoughts and ideas thrown together, forming an interesting, original, yet sometimes unfocused opinion. Writing has not always been an enjoyable activity for me.
Through my education, Ive been taught to write for a specific group, not to a specific group. Recently, however, Ive been lucky enough to have teachers who let me write for myself, not anyone else. With this newly found freedom, writing has become a way to express what I feel, not how I should or could feel. I use these opportunities to raise an eyebrow, instead of just completing an assignment. Now that we got the legal mumbo jumbo out of the way, we can get started. If you cant already tell, I like to write with flare.
I could write the worlds most detailed and thorough book on the molecular behavior of a Tetrachloride isotope. But, if I dont catch a reader, dont inspire a reader, or make a reader beg for more, all I have is a cheap door stop or welcome mat. Lifes too short to do boring things. You have to step out of your comfort zone, take chances, say the things you really want to say, do what you have to do. It makes for a pure, original masterpiece, which anyone can enjoy. Just be yourself.
Lets face it. Who in our society are we most fascinated by? Regular, everyday Joes or Janes? No way. Freaks, weirdoes, individuals, basketball players with colored hair–these are the people that receive all the attention. And why? Because they are truly themselves, not the zombies or clones that so many of us are. Right or wrong, they scream out I AM ME! Think of it this way: if all we had on this planet were followers and conformists and normal people, would there still be the Michael Jordans, Einsteins, Martin Luther Kings and Mother Theresas? Absolutely not. No person becomes successful by being normal or ordinary.
Now, Im not saying if you write for yourself and be different that you will be famous and recognized and go down in the history books as a famous something. But it sure is a nice start. I love the idea of freedom in writing. Not just freedom of topics, but freedom of ideas, expression, and philosophies. Writing shouldnt be constricted or narrow minded.
It needs to be universal. Writing, whether public or personal, is incredibly difficult. No matter who the audience, topic or author, there will always be a critic. Its a given in this world. Not only in writing or literature, but in every facet of life.
You cant make everybody happy. Know this, accept this, use this to your advantage. Write for yourself, and only yourself. Then, you will be pleased. Because, arent you the most important critic of all?.