THE REAL THINGWritten by Arleen M. Kaptur
Writing - everyone does it, but not everyone is a writer. There are those who write letters, lists, journals, and are very good at it. Then there are those that scribble notes of all kinds to themselves, but never make use of them. They lose note that told them where note was that mentioned where original note was and what is was all about.
Then on other hand, you have someone who calls themselves a writer, and may have something published, but they are into marketing part of writing much more than content. Their mind and heart are geared to making money in writing world and giving publishers, e-zine owners and other media what they want to hear, not what this particular writer has to say.
Of course, we all want to make money at what we do - this is just being practical. How long could you survive if you didn't make any money and this was your only means of support?
What I am trying to say is that every true writer has a million ideas, stories, and articles in his heart and in his mind that are labeled and stamped as genuine and original. They are basically who this person is and what is important or of significant value to this writer.
When we ignore what is inside of us as writers, then we are belaboring entire process. Sure, you might make a living, but are you making yourself a life? Are you being true to your real self, or are you being molded by today's market interests or trying to attune yourself to only what tomorrow's market will bear. People read what they feel they SHOULD read, but not really.
A THOUGHT OF MANY COLORS Written by Arleen M. Kaptur
You have a great idea for a story or an article. Itís perfect and thought of sharing it with others knows no bounds.
There is your computer, your desk, and you are ready. Fingers on keyboard, and you click away putting those special thoughts into black and white form. Something is happening - it isnít same story - everything is different and someone stole your Emmy Award.
What happened? Between great ideas in your head and reality on paper - something did definitely happen. Before you check out latest crime statistics in your area, take a moment and a deep breath.
Your story is there but in your mindí eye it was complete, total, and without any errors or revisions necessary. It was just there - a perfect, pretty package that needed no ribbons or fancy paper. What you have on paper is reality - this is your story in form world will see. Your thoughts are there, words are there, but they do need ribbons and fancy papers.
Each person has their own way of thinking - their own way of reacting. We donít even think about it - itís just there. We donít flick a switch and we donít push a button. Itís just there and there is good. Every writer soon finds out what that burst of energy, that literary genius really is. Itís birth of a story, an article, a poem, or whatever final outcome will be. Without this ďsparkĒ there would be no literature in world.
Did you ever touch an outlet wrong way or pull a plug and that white/blue spark just rushes out? When that spark came, it made you jump. It motivated you to stop doing whatever you were doing. It directed you to take precautions. You realized that you had to do something at that very moment.