Saturday, April 2, 2011

Why Write?

Brandon couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. It was such a typical high school day for him, but all things considered, drastic changes were on the horizon.

Jason: Alright, alright. I’m sorry. That’s overly cliche. Here I am, trying to give you some explanations as to why a writer would write, and I’m providing terrible fiction. Kyle, what say you?

Kyle: Every novel starts with veritable pit brimming with cliches and overworked phrases. It’s simply a function of how language and our brains work. The reason I like to write is to try to find a way of telling a story that’s been told a million times in a new and unexpected way. To turn a phrase so that it catches the reader off guard.

Jason: Does that also refer to the elements of story? For instance, if while Brandon is thinking about this hottie at school, he gets tossed into a Tornado. Or is that missing the point?

Kyle: Granted, that might be a unique twist(er), however, novelty or shock simply for the sake of, might not be the best option either.

Jason: Well, in that case, it might also depend on the genre. Sometimes you can get away with some real random stuff, as long as you give some basis for it later on. Some writers stick to one only. Nora Roberts. Stephen King is just strange (cell phone zombies). But, you have to admit that sometimes it’s hard to come up with that “novel” idea. Well, not for me, but you get the point.

Kyle: Absolutely. But that’s exactly why it’s so crucial to continue writing, especially when everything you write sounds like a shallow cliche.

Jason: I swim in the deep end. Floaties and all.

Kyle: Exactly. Just Dive in. And expect to receive a few belly flops for your trouble.

Jason: Is there a point, though, when it becomes apparent whether or not you can “successfully” submerge into the kraken’s world? I don’t want to be doing 20 belly flops, you know.

Kyle: You mean, is there a point where you need to call it quits? Sure. I would say that if you’re not enjoying the actual process of being creative and writing, then you should maybe reconsider boobies/careers. I don’t mean to say quit if it’s hard, or if someone says something negative about your writing. But if you no longer find joy in sitting alone and putting words on paper, absent the pressure of wondering what others will think, then it’s over.

Jason: Or write the sequel. But yes, very fair point. I’m sure it goes quite the same for singers and song-writers. If they don’t enjoy it anymore, even if they have talent, perhaps moving onto something else, at least for a time, would be a better option. I love writing, but I’d also like to make a living off of it. If I’m never going to be able to do that, I’m going to ease off. In the last post, I mentioned defining new worlds and delving into the words. The creative process can be wonderful, but also terrifying and stressful.

Kyle: Well, my head hurts. Anything else you think we should share with our legions of readers?  

Jason: To “Write on” or “Left Off”? I say “Write On.”

Kyle: You will be punished for that line. :-D


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