(In Day 4 of blogging101, I was tasked with writing a post with my ideal reader in mind.)
Hey you! You’re probably a writer like me, an unpublished hack, just starting out with no idea what you’re getting into. Same here! I don’t know what I’m doing, I just write stuff! You can do that too! Anyone can!
Or maybe you’re considering becoming a ‘writer’, that lofty and yet silly title that comes with all sorts of judgements. Maybe you have an idea in your head, that you can’t forget about and you think you might actually want to write it down. WRITE IT DOWN! DO IT! DO IT NOW! Don’t worry about what ‘being a writer’ means or that maybe you’ve never written anything before, HUMANS ARE STORYTELLERS. It’s in our blood. Why do we have language if not to communicate and what is writing but COMMUNICATION WRITTEN DOWN, A TRANSFERENCE OF IDEAS FROM ONE BRAIN INTO ANOTHER??? TELL YOUR STORY.
Or maybe you’re not a writer and you’re wondering why the hell you’re reading this blog. Maybe you have a creative idea. Maybe you want to create something, a piece of art, a boardgame, a computer program, anything creative! Boy have I got some advice for you!
DO IT! DO IT NOW! WORK ON IT RIGHT NOW WHENEVER YOU HAVE SPARE TIME AND GET THAT SHIT DONE. DO THE RESEARCH YOU GOTTA DO AND JUST TRY IT. DON’T LET QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW GOOD IT WILL BE, OR GOOD YOU ARE, JUST TRY, JUST DO IT.
The name of the blog is Write First, Ask Questions Later, but it could easily be changed to DO FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER. DO! CREATE! LOOK AT THOSE VERBS! DON’T THEY MAKE YOU WANT DO SOMETHING?
PERFORM AN ACTION. CREATE! DO! ACT! WRITE! BLOG! TWEET! RECORD! BUILD! PAINT! SKETCH! DRAW! ASSEMBLE! COOK! GROW! CRAFT! MAKE!
If you have an idea, something that stirs your gut in a certain way or tingles your mind-brain, just GIVE IT A GO! What’s the worst that can happen? Your creation sucks? Probably, especially if its your first time but it is still A CREATION! A THING! THAT YOU PUT INTO THE WORLD! ISN’T THAT KIND OF AWESOME? YOU CAN LITERALLY SAY “I MADE THIS” AND THAT’S PRETTY COOL! (apparently my ideal reader likes lots of capslock? I dunno, man)
We spend so much time experiencing things other people make, which is great! and super-cool! But it sometimes it feels good to be the Maker, rather than the Viewer.
In your head and your hands, you have the power of a God. You have the power to create and grow.
Go use it.
Now, here’s a U2 song, because if you’re my ideal reader, you obviously love U2.
How does it have anything to do with this post?
Well, this whole post was written…all because of you.
*drops the mic*