Today’s blog post was supposed to be about rules. Am I for them or against them? So, to illustrate the only relevant point I have regarding rules, I am going to write about something completely different: writing what you love.
I am an emerging writer, an aspiring to be published writer. I have faith I’ll get there one day, but in the meantime I’m learning to write what I love. This is by far the most important thing anyone can possibly learn to do. Why? Because writing what you love is like falling in love, it’s dizzying, dazzling and beautiful. It makes you excited about putting fingers to keyboard, pen to paper.
Now, by writing what you love, I don’t just mean mystery novels or epic poetry, it goes well beyond genre or format. Writing what you love is about the base elements of the art, the magic of the craft. It’s about the words and the concepts and the soul (if there is such a thing).
So what do I love? I’ve been working on the answer to this question and I think I’ve narrowed it down. I love abstraction, absurdism, lists, feelings, rituals, elemental magic and the suggestion of something deeper. I love quantum writing, ideas that feel as though they could have a million meanings but only take shape when you read them, in the exact form you choose to perceive them. I love rhymes and interjections of poetry, I love metaphor and good, quirky similes.
I find the best way to access the writing I love is to allow my mind to wander. I like to reach out into my memories and the fringes of what I know to gather ideas and bring them back. In order to do that though I have to be brave and let go of my fears and preconceptions. Stilted writing comes when I’m thinking too much, worrying too much about this word or that sentence.
So how to write what you love? Write as you love, with wild abandon, an open heart and a slightly reckless spirit. Read books and pick out the words you love and remember them. Study turns of phrase you admire and allow yourself to be free. Listen to songs and watch TV and movies and pay attention to the words. Some of my favorite writers are musicians.
Rules be damned, sometimes it’s just time to write what you love and worry about the details later!
What do you love to write?
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