MARCH 2022: YOU AS YOU WANT TO BE

In other social circles, I have heard it said that writers bring themselves to a work. No matter how small, there is a part of every part of a writer which is given to what they are creating.

Writers can exist in the world in multiple forms–and in multiple worlds no less!

What I want you to remember that creation is a part of growing at as a writer–the strength to see the world as it is, and your place in it at the same time is a skill! In that skill, with increased development of it, you will able to see you as you desire to be, dream to be, or become.

Write boldly for the world that is, that will come, and the one that you want to see.

MARCH 2022: YOU AS YOU WANT TO BE

I am of the mindset that every writer has a working form of psychosis. We talk to people who aren’t there, in worlds that don’t exist, and see things that don’t exist!

Writers are weird. We truly are strange.

But this goes with our theme for the month. It is through this vehicle of fiction that I sometimes find the strength to say what I need to say. There is a strength in me that comes from taking what I have gone through (or even the experiences of other people), and turning it into story or other thoughts to expound upon!

So, again I ask–who do you want to be?

What do you want the world to see?

Who do you want the world to see?

And who are you willing to transform into when you allow them to see you?

MARCH 2022: YOU AS YOU WANT TO BE

The enigmatic F. Scott Fitzgerald said that a writer is a world, trying to be one person. Through this gift of language, through the vehicle of art, a writer can be anyone–or become multiple people. You can be the idealized version of yourself, or your own doppelgänger. But you would have the power to be that.

Writing allows your imagination to bloom, swarm, swirl in order to become anything that you desire it to be! There are no rules! There is no one that will say to you what you cannot be–unless that person is you. When I say, “You as you want to be,” I mean that.

What do you want to be?

And if you cannot be it right now, how can you become it?

FEBRUARY 2022: YOU IN THE WORLD: The Hard Parts

Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is admitting that you survived something.

In this world of instant everything, whitewashing reality, the pursuit if likes and shares, no one wants to admit their lives have always been glass smooth. Healing is jagged sometimes! It’s not in a straight line, and it’s not often visible!

I am often quoted to have said that writing is often cheap therapy. It is a close examination of your own life and struggles through either the lens of journaling, or tool of fiction in some cases. In accepting the bad things in your life which have formed whom you are, you must do two things:

1.) Accept these things happened to you. Some things have been of your own making–these you must own. There are also things which were inflicted upon you, your soul, your mind and your person that you had no control over. To go forward, the trick is to accept them, but not be defined by them.

2.) Check your perspective. As a writer, I cannot recommend therapy enough. Helping to work through the bad things, the heartbreak, the trauma, the sadness–that is work! Sometimes you need help with it. There is nothing wrong with that!

There is nothing wrong with seeing yourself as a complicated being, in order to create complicated beings. Use your pen to create the lives you want, and also to heal the life you have.