Writing for a “Writer” is like drinking alcohol. You stick to what you like most of all. Trying new things is interesting and you may build a larger palette as you go but there is no guarantee you’ll like anything. If you stop your tolerance goes down and you have to build up again. Drink too much in a night and the sun will greet you harshly the next morning. Finally, you can quit but you can’t forget what it’s like to taste good alcohol.
I’m a scotch man personally. Simple, straight to the point and never too harsh. Typically I just need laptop, my music, and five minutes to get the ball rolling. However that wasn’t always the case. As a younger man I progressed from Beer to Tequila then Wine to Scotch.
I started cheap, writing as if I had something important to say above my peers. Sadly my words were hollow and I didn’t grasp my emotions to pour my into my pages. My heart was crushed soon after entering my adult life and like most people I looked for external outlets, created experiences and lots of bad decisions. Drama filled my stories with little hope for my characters return to happiness. Lucky for the world I came back down to earth.
Today I wouldn’t title myself refined as the wines I ventured through. Seeking new experiences in life and travel brought me vibrant tales for various characters that could never reach the bottom of the bottle like I did so often. Simply put, I couldn’t close. With so much to say and so many unique stories learned for people watching no story seemed like it “could” end because life was just that, lasting.
Writer’s block hit me hard at this point until eventually I walked into a Scotch Bar. I learned the difference between a single or double malt. The life of a distillery placed into a bottle, aged 12 15 or 18 years and many older. Stories of various barrels mixed into a single bottle to tell a story. Not a life but a moment, comprised of many hands and stories to create one tale.
In my defense, I’m not an alcoholic. And, I will say that my inspirations stem from many things in life. I love writing and I want people to read my writing. It’s not about whether the writing itself is good or not. The expression of my experiences, thoughts, or feelings is why I write. “This is who I am.”
“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any signs of promise, you keep writing anyway.” -Junot Diaz-