The best writing advice I can give you is to never punch your Smith-Corona typewriter. Don’t kick it, bite it or defenestrate it.
In case you are wondering I just used a five syllable word describe throwing said typewriter out the window. Let me repeat my advice not to do this. The reason why should be obvious but in case you need another let’s just say that the girl you are really interested in will probably not find this endearing.
She won’t see it as a sign of a deeply sensitive artist who she should really get to know better. Instead she’ll look at you as being in need of anger management. You might as well kick her dog, pull her hair and bite her father’s leg.
Ok, don’t do any of those things. That is just ridiculous hyperbole inserted for the sake of keeping your attention. And let me assure you as the father of a daughter that any boy who bites my leg will lose the ability to eat anything but apple sauce and most assuredly will not date my daughter.
So why do I sit here and share these thoughts with you. Why do I ask ridiculous questions and answer them myself? The reason is simple, Writers Write Right.
I have never known a writer who truly loves our craft not to agonize over their words or wonder if they should choose a simpler profession, like brain surgery.
Why do I agonize over simple words. Why do I wonder if people can see what I see and if I have created a connection that compels them to continue reading? Because it is what I do.
I write. I am a writer. I tell stories. I do it because I love this.
Speaking of Love
If you want proof of my juvenile nature all you need to know is that when I heard she cut off ten inches I crossed my legs, fell to floor and pretended to moan.
Ok, that is not true. I didn’t do any such thing but my daughter did cut off ten inches of hair today. Ten inches of her hair is being sent to Locks of Love and I can’t be any prouder of my girl.
Every week I make a point to talk to my children about giving back. Every week they hear me talk about how lucky we are and why we need to help others. I have explained to them it is not done for the tax break or for Karma but because it is the right thing to do.
That is important to me and I want it to be important to them. I want them to understand gratitude. I want them to recognize that even when things are tough there is still a reason to be thankful.
Teach Your Children
My job isn’t just to clothe and feed them- it is to educate them. It is to help them learn what they need to know to become productive members of society. I am dad, this is what I do.
What I Wish I Could Do
What I wish I could do is dance, paint and sing the way that I can write.
Writing is easy for me. I have some natural ability that I have spent hours working upon with the goal of improving. If You Write It They Will Come is a post about realistic expectations and I try to keep my focus there.
Writing is a skill that can be improved through practice. It is part of why I pump out this content with reckless abandon. I know that every time I put pen to paper I am working on becoming a better writer so that I can turn what I love into something more than a hobby.
It is not unrealistic to believe that I can succeed at this. It is unrealistic to expect overnight success. I don’t mind working at it.
Are you working on converting your dreams into reality or are you just enjoying the dream of what you could have?