In the post she suggested that we should all take a day out from blogging about social media and list building and product creation and all that stuff. And instead we should talk about something else so our audience could get to know us a bit more.
So if you’re a regular reader here you’ve probably seen some variant of this phrase just prior to an idea or statement about writing:
“…back in the day when I wrote fiction and screenplays.”
Every time I write that a little piece of me dies.
See, the reason I started my bass guitar site – the real reason, the reason that up to now I’ve never told anyone, only shouted it down a deep dark well at midnight in the middle of the mother of all thunderstorms – is that when I grow up what I really want to do is write.
And write stories.
Short stories. Long stories. Fantasy stories. Crime Stories. Horror stories. Children’s stories.
I wanna write them all.
And I’ve got at least two, totally different, fully formed novels festering in the nether reaches of my brain.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that I ain’t getting any younger. Hell, the shit I have to go through every week to keep my knees from creaking is enough to tell me that. (Like Indiana Jones, I sometimes like to say it’s not the age honey, it’s the mileage.)
And one day my story is gonna be done. The last page will be turned. The back cover will slam shut. And it will be finished. No epilogue. No sequels.
I’d hate to reach that day and take those stories with me. And not be able to leave them to my kids, and to people who might need them. Because I believe good stories are so much more than stories. And you only have to turn on the TV news or read the papers to see that the world needs those stories now more than ever.
For the last few years I’ve been planning to start writing fiction again. But it’s always been: maybe next year I’ll have the time. But something that’s as true running an online business as it is for writing fiction is that if you don’t actually plant the seat of your pants in the seat of your chair and do it you won’t get anything done.
And so this is my post for Niche Amnesty Day. And I’ve got a request to make of all my readers here at One Spoon. Every so often, if you’re leaving a comment here, or you liked a post but WEREN’T going to leave a comment (why would you do that? Why would you do that? I mean, why would you do that????), please leave me a comment and say something like:
“Hey Paul. The post was cool. Have you started writing fiction again?”
Those nudges will help me. It’s not going to be ‘maybe next year’ anymore. It’s going to be this year (although, later this year 🙂 ). But it is going to be this year.
Here’s how Joseph Campbell replied when asked how to make yourself happy:
“Follow Your Bliss.”
For me, if I’m being nakedly honest, following my bliss means writing and telling stories. That’s my dream – that’s what I want to do when I grow up.
I’m going to leave you with another quote, this time from Benjamin Franklin:
“If you want to be remembered forever, either do things worth writing or write things worth reading.”
This is my dream – I ache to write things worth reading. If you want to enter into the spirit of Niche Amnesty, please post in the comments what your dreams are. Or what ‘follow your bliss’ means to you.