It’s been a very long time since I actively wrote any serious fiction. I spend a bit of time putzing around with my comp books and pretending like I still have some sort of ambition to be a serious novelist, but really I think more that is behind me than I’d like to admit. There is a certain something about essay writing that seems to flow more easily to me. I guess that I’m a pompous ass lends itself to the medium better than telling a story about someone else.
However, I absolutely refuse to give up on pursuing my dream though, and that dream is to win some sort of award that I can lord over people who once told me I was a spastic freak that would never amount to anything. Since it’s obvious to everyone who has ever met me I’m not going to win any awards for my ridiculous good looks (the supermodel judges are too intimidated by awesome to let me get ahead), and I’m probably not going to win any awards for my athletic prowess, unless of course it’s an eating contest. That leaves me with really only one option, which is making up tall tales and putting them on paper.
I’m sure I still have the hyperactive imagination that I’ve always had, but I’m not sure my writing muscles have been flexed in that direction recently enough for me to just put something out there and hope everyone likes it, but you either sink or swim, right?
That’s why I’m going to try something a bit different with my writing time now. I’ve gotten pretty good about making sure to write my 750 words a day, and it has really been a benefit for me working towards getting my brain webs cleared out, but writing fiction isn’t the same as just writing a bunch of gibberish until a green box pops up and tells you that you’re done.
That’s why I’m looking back at some techniques that I learned when I was just a teenager thinking he had amazing talent. I’m going to spend some time with a few writing prompts and a composition book. It’s pretty old school, but sometimes you just have to go back to the basics.
Of course, the only reason I would be sharing all of this with you is because starting next Friday, I’m going to terrorize the internet with my brain squeezings once a week.
Look forward to the horror.