Wow. Big week for blogging.. haha Second post all week!
I've been BUSY okay!
Anyway, I have a professor this semester who is a genius. He is a young adult novelist and he is just brilliant. I am not going to currently share his name or his novel, for fear he has a tendency to google himself and would happen to stumble across this thing. But anyway, at lecture he shared this quote: (And forgive me, but I didn't write down who said it!)
It's difficult to make a living as a writer.
It's a lot easier to make writing your life.
He then followed the statement with a bit of a speech... He warned us that if we are going to really take the craft of prose writing seriously, especially if we ever want a novel published- we have to find a job that allows us the time needed to nurture our creative energy. He warned us that sitting in a cubicle all day, wearing business casual all the while working in a job that we are not passionate about, is not going to nurture the creative lifestyle necessary to compose a work of art that will pull at people. That will really grab their attention. He warned that living life this way, would create a stagnant approach to our writing. Will turn it into a hobby, rather than our life.
I was shocked to hear it... But, at the same time I wasn't. I know that writers struggle, really struggle with emotion sometimes. Whether it be because a story or poem that they are working on is a dark one, that literally requires them to pull the demons from their torso and wear them on their sleeve. Or, because it is excruciating sometimes to deal with day to day things that "need" to get done- but you are so encompassed by what you need to write, that you can't focus on anything else.
I think I only know one person who may be able to relate to what I'm saying. Sarah! I'm talking about you!
I never really saw myself as a working professional... I have piercings, tattoos, the mouth of a sailor and highly independent thought. (Also, I pretty much HAVE to be the boss because I am really not good at taking orders)- so this was a pretty exciting thought for me to process! See! If I want to be the writer I envision in my head, I need to devote myself to it. I need to be creative in the ways in which I make money, so that writing can stay a priority and that I'm always able to use my creative energies in positive ways.
Not to mention, I'm about to have 2 children here. I need to get creative in my job pursuits. And, make sure I am taking the time TO WRITE.
Ahhhh! Life, you crazy S.O.B.
On a completely unrelated note, the second theatrical trailer was released for The Hunger Games. I liked the first one better. And, now this one has honestly scared the hell out of me- because right away it shows a scene that is NOT in the book and fucks up a huge plot line. I'm not going to jump to conclusions yet... but, damn it to hell- DO NOT SCREW UP THESE BOOKS! I hate watching your favorite novels get molested by a screenplay :(