Yes, it is that time of the week again. I know y'all missed me. I missed you too. I know that my other blogs have honestly lacked a plot. I apologize. And I promise to do better at having some sort of form/theme throughout most of my posts. What better way to start off my first themed post than by telling you what the theme is? Well, try to anyways, it's sort of hard to explain. I'm going to try to relate writing to assorted Broadway/Off-Broadway musicals' songs. This week, I'm going with "Two Nobodies in New York" from the Broadway musical, [Title of Show].
For those of you who don't know, which I'm going to assume is pretty much all of you (I tend to like obscure musicals), [Title of Show] is a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. No, you're not seeing things and I didn't just screw up and write the same thing twice, Jeff and Hunter's musical is about two guys writing a musical. You know, you should probably just Wikipedia it.
I picked "Two Nobodies in New York" because I feel like I could relate it to writing in an easy, simple, understandable way. I'd suggest listening to the song before continuing or after reading, it really doesn't matter. I'm probably boring you with all this, so let's start this blog!
"We could ask significant questions. We could get important points across."
Writing is a great place to really get your thoughts and feelings out and show them to the world. You'll notice more recent writing may mention things like global warming, the war in Afghanistan/Iraq, Katy Perry's divorce, etc.
Your characters can have your opinions, its OK. The police aren't going to knock down your door for putting your opinion in. And if they do, I'm sorry I mislead you, write to me from prison.
My favorite of my characters, Delaney Peterson (I don't feel that characters are really real until they have a last name.), often shares my opinions and obsessions and makes points that I would make if I were not 13 and my free speech was even more free. She says and does things I probably would if the chance ever did arise.
So yeah, feel free to give a character your opinion.
"Are we writing for art?"
I hadn't really ever asked myself this question until I listened to this song. Are we writing for art? And who's to say what art really is? Is this blog art? Are my stories art? Or am I just writing to kill time, to make money? Am I even writing for myself? Or am I writing the kind of story someone else would like to read, even if I can't stand it? I really don’t know.
"But will a paycheck mean that we're sellouts?"
Another question I had never asked myself before. I suppose you aren't really a sellout unless you changed or compromised your original ideas for popularity or something. I'd hope none of you would ever do this, but I'm not going to check up on you. Just remember to stay true to yourself and your writing and you'll never have to worry about selling out.
"I'd rather be nine people's favorite thing than a hundred people's ninth favorite thing,"
Okay, this one isn't from "Two Nobodies in New York", it's actually from "Nine People's Favorite Thing". I agree with this though, because I'd rather be nine people's favorite thing if I were really their favorite thing and it was because they liked MY story, not some cheap story I wouldn't dare to be associated with. I'd rather be totally unique and truly loved by a few people than be like every other story and be sort of liked by a bunch of people.
Anyway, I'll see y'all next week. Until then... do something...
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