I’ll be frank. I haven’t been writing. Not like I used to. I’m been in a meh stage of life, and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and PBS have been happy to keep me company.
But, lately, I’ve been wanting to write. I just haven’t had the butt-in-the-chair oompah to actually do anything more than vegetate after work.
So I’ve been trying in a sideways fashion to find the energy to write.
Naturally, I bought a book. A book on writing stories.
I appreciate the irony. Of course, I can delude myself because writers should always be reading and working to improve their writing. Even when it messes up your process. But, hey, I wasn’t writing so what process could it mess up.
After listening to a Ted talk, I purchased Wired for Story by Lisa Cron. While I didn’t actually learn anything new about writing, I enjoyed the approach via the science behind stories. It seems we are more primed to learn from stories than stark facts and figures. We are willing to watch a fictional character be tortured in order to learn something that might save ourselves.
Anyone who’s watched the election process could have seen this in action.
And naturally after reading the book, I’m pretty sure I don’t know how to write at all.
Not exactly the outcome I was going for.
Until next time.