Day 2: Writing
I don’t remember exactly where I heard this, but there is a quote along the lines of, “The best fiction will alter your reality.” Basically, the most important writing is the writing that changes how you view the world. It’s something that has always stuck with me as a writer.
Now, I don’t like to read. I like Audible a whole heck of a lot, but when it comes down to staring at words on a page, unless it’s really good I will have lost interest in about ten seconds. The usual response I get to this is “OMG Corey, how can you be a writer if you don’t read???” Well, Barbara, no one asked you.
When I do come across fiction that captures my attention, it’s the ones that fall into the alter-my-reality category, and I believe this viewpoint is something that spans across all artforms. I have a few television shows, books, and music in my collection that have fit this description. These works of fiction have made me who I am.
I was a very imaginative kid. Like I mentioned in my last post, I pretended and even half-heartedly believed in other, magical worlds different than our own. That is something that came from reading the books I read as a kid. Even as an adult, books like The Age of Misrule, or the show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has affected my perception radically.
When I was young, I prayed that I would never lose that sense of wonder. I think sometimes it even bordered on the line of delusion sometimes, but I knew I never wanted to become stiff. All the kids and adults around me wanted to be mature. I got in trouble for being silly, or not being serious. This “seriousness” often translated to me as being stoic, or serious. They called it grounded, but it felt more like being stoned…in the Biblical sense, not the marijuana sense.
That is why I’ve wanted to become a writer; I have always been, on some level, dissatisfied with reality. When I was a kid, it was an escape to relieve me from being a lonely child. Or, just contempt for the way I was treated by my peers. I would write self-insert fanfictions about my favorite movies or fandoms to pretend I was embarking on an exciting adventure. I would play pretend games up until I was fifteen, and sometimes I still am playing those games in my head.
Oddly enough, I never wanted to be anyone but myself on these adventures. My cousins always play a certain character, but I would often confuse them when I created my own. I wanted an adventure, something that I could experience and no one else. The writers that I followed, like C.S. Lewis, Mark Chadbourn, and Cassandra Clare, all helped me do that. I want to be what those writers were for me. I want to tell a story that brings an escape for someone out there who needs it.