Not a Writer

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My first stab at writing - my struggle to find something to write about and to adopt a certain style of writing. I ponder this issues.

Submitted: January 30, 2009

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I’m no writer; I think I’m actually quite the opposite. “An aspiring” writer won’t really do it justice either because aren’t we all? I have ideas I want to put down on paper but sometimes my mind is jumping around too much that I just can’t keep focus on what I want to write. There’s the easy bailout – surfing the web, what’s another quick look on Facebook or CNN, it sure can’t hurt, after all, I’m just getting updated.
I’m the guy that will constantly right click the mouse and look for the correct spelling or better yet, I’ll right click and check the synonyms to see if I can replace a word I thought about with a better one (after right clicking “better” it seems like I could have easily used improved, enhanced, superior and more, just to give you an example).
I think whether I should write in first person or third, should I use quotations much and how and when can I use them. Does writing my own story means I can come up with my own rules too? Can I start a sentence by saying But right after a coma?
Needless to say, Word processor doesn’t agree with me and mark me with a little green wave. I can imagine many “aspiring” writers struggling with a typewriter or their feather many years before me. I somehow doubt the good old feather signaled you when you were wrong but yet poets where not in short supply.
Well, but that’s not the point of my story. I need to juggle my brain and think of my point again.
It only took me 5 minutes of surfing the net this time. So the point was that my life isn’t that exciting. Sure, I have incredibly touching moments, sad and happy, love that comes and goes, highs and lows, soap opera material, one man reality show, drama and a good mix of comedy and much more, but then again, don’t us all? So I wanted to write a non-fiction tale of my exciting life so far. Granted I’m only 31 but I even had a clever title. My New York Times bestseller will be called “Memoirs of a YOUNG 31 years OLD”. I thought i’ll tell you all about my life. You will weep at times and laugh at others. It will be a real page turner; you won’t be able to put it down. “Wow, this guy’s life is just amazing” you will think to yourself (I had to use quotations here, seems to fit well).
But after giving it some thought (wait, did I just start this sentence with But?!) I decided against it. Sure, non-fiction sells better. I can easily make up a good story and claim it my own but I have seen where that led others before me. So I’m going to be upfront with you right from the beginning. We are going to have a 300 page or so relationships so I rather it be honest and here’s the deal: I’ll be making up my story but will claim it as my own. It’s clearly going to be a fictional story. Not one of those “inspired by true events”. No. Mine will be all a product of my fruitful brain. Sure, some stories will have hints of the truth to it but please don’t count on it. Don’t go Googling me just to find out there’s nothing there. You have been warned.


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