“How has writing affected your perception of the world?”
I’ve been told my Teens Can Write Too! blog chain post has to be under 1000 words – if they mentioned this before, I ignored it. So no introductions. That up there is the prompt and off we go.
I kept an everyday journal for about four months this year – until I filled the book – and I touched on this issue in my second entry, on the 23rd January. I’ll be referring to that and expanding my thoughts.
In some ways, writing keeps one young.
Most people grow out of their invisible friends from a young age, but writers are paid (or not) to spend all day with them. We live in a fantasy world. The only difference between my world and the one I had in my head as a child is that other people can enter it too. It’s as though we are the ticket sellers and those that buy our books are boarding a vessel that will take them far away for a few hours.
But writing also makes one grow old more quickly.
It is necessary, especially for teen writers like ourselves, to imagine situations in which we’ve never been, and experiences far from our ordinary lives. Therefore, we have to set our minds apart from normal life and imagine ourselves as somebody else, whose sufferings are no doubt greater than our own; their decisions harder; their victories greater…
I’ve never been in a position where I’ve known that I only had a day or two to live. I’ve never struggled with life-threatening illness like cancer. I’ve never been tortured, either physically or psychologically. I’ve never discovered that I was adopted, had powers, or was an alien. My characters have done all of these things, and I’ve had to put myself in their shoes and feel those emotions.
I’ve never been in a position where I had absolute power over somebody, where I could decide if they lived or died. I’ve never inflicting a fatal wound on an enemy. I’ve never tortured anyone, physically or psychologically. I’ve never had to break it to someone that they weren’t who they thought they were. My characters have done all of these things, and I’ve had to put myself in their shoes and feel emotions that perhaps I didn’t want to feel. I’ve had to be evil, to be cruel, to be heartless, to be broken.
I suppose therefore that many people are writers because they don’t want to grow up and get a real job. I’m among them.
However, writing has also given me maturity I may not have had otherwise had. I think, I over analyse situations. Actions are plots – people become antagonists or protagonists while I’m straddling the divide and trying to solve their problems (and they hate me for it).
One day, I will learn to stop hearing conversations as written dialogue. But that will be the day I lock myself away to write and never hear another conversation.
I have been a writer now for long enough that it is as much my identity as my hair or eye colour. Many people, mainly those who’ve only met me briefly, identify me by it. “That writer kid.” “The one in the corner with the notebook.” “The girl who types ridiculously first who is always in the library.” That’s who I am to people at school, on sailing camps, or on holidays.
And one day I’ll prove them right – their faith in me is not misplaced.
I now can’t watch a film without identifying plot points – the inciting incident, the climax, etc. I’ll refer to the protag and antag of the movie, much to my family’s confusion. I’ll analyse the personality of characters in children’s films like the Prince of Egypt, or I’ll start writing comparisons between certain scenes in Torchwood and Doctor Who.
Writing made it impossible for me not to think like a writer.
Writing made me grow up.
Through my writing, I have kept my childhood.
Through my writing, I have become a different person.
Yup, I got in right at the beginning of the chain –
July 7–http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com–Miriam Joy Writes
July 8–http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com–Musings From Neville’s Navel
July 9–http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com–This Page Intentionally Left Blank
July 10–http://maybeteenauthor.blogspot.com–Blog of a (Maybe) Teen Author
July 11–http://scribblingbeyondthemargins.wordpress.com–Scribbling Beyond the Margins
July 12–http://lilyjenness.blogspot.com–Lily’s Notes In The Margins
July 13–http://correctingpenswelcome.wordpress.com–Comfy Sweaters, Writing and Fish
July 14–http://laughablog.wordpress.com–The Zebra Clan
July 15–http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com–Reality Is Imaginary
July 16–http://a-myriad-of-colors.blogspot.com–A Myriad of Colors
July 17–http://anmksmeanderingmind.wordpress.com–An MK’s Meandering Mind
July 18–http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com–The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer
July 19–http://allegradavis.wordpress.com–All I Need Is A Keyboard
July 20–http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com--Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)