The Experience of a Phenomenal Writer

Never mind what I said in the last blog. Even though I pretty much spoiled a good chunk of it, I still believed that writing in a blog is still worthwhile. Heck, when I check my views, I notice that I’m getting viewership from different countries, which is so rad.

Anyway, yesterday, I made a huge milestone of reaching another 100 pages in a writing project of mine. The entire project is still not finished, but as a writer, you want to cherish all the little hurdles that you muster through. Not only that, but I had one of those days where I wrote 2,000+ words! I am getting pretty cocky though, so I’m sorry for those amateur writers who couldn’t take it.

I realize that when it comes to creative geniuses, when one is not being creative, it is really hard for the genius to be fulfilled. It is a sad tragedy that the state of public education doesn’t coincide with the spontaneity of a creative individual. We do art because we have experiences that transcendent, having the capability to express ourselves in ways that we didn’t even believe beforehand. For some, well, at least for me, no other hobby or career path really does that other than actual writing. Being in front of the computer, staring at the page, and tinkering with ideas doesn’t feel like a job–Alan Watts, a man who popularized Eastern culture to Western culture, blurs the line between work and play. In our society, we classify a normal job as work, but this classification is what makes it so tiresome, as you are not doing it for one’s own entertainment. What if one were to change his perspective? The work suddenly turns into play, which is exactly what I felt when I was in front of the computer, typing away at a breathtaking pace.

I believe that another reason why I wrote a good sum yesterday is because I have not been writing a good sum for the other days. Much of my creative tension has been bottling up, and after a good long week of doing much work, there is really no time for me to appreciate myself and be happy. Writing acts as the outlet, and this is really how the greatest writers honed their craft. They treat writing as play, not work. Whenever they stumble upon a sentence that they don’t know how to phrase, they treat it as a challenge worth facing, almost like a game. That is how Stephen King looks at it. In an interview with The Bangor News, he talks about the funnest process of writing isn’t the finished product but the actual experience of writing it and getting there. He calls the finished book on his bookshelf ‘dead skin.’

This is not dead skin though: The Absolutely Fine Novel. I would say it is better than 99% of what Hollywood pushes out. Anyway, I hope you have a good day.

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