April 11, 2023

I - To Be a Writer, You Don't Need...an Interesting Life + BONUS


I’m sure you have heard about best-selling authors and authors of classics who had difficult childhoods of abuse and poverty and about every sadness imaginable. You’ve probably also noticed how (in movies, books, real life) the hurt children and teens write and want to be writers when they grow up. When I posted the quote “You don’t need a degree in English Literature to be a writer” on Instagram, I received a comment from someone saying, “U just need a heartbreak.”

No, you don’t.

You don’t need to experience heartbreak to be a writer, or to have gone through something devastating. That could give you material to write about. Writing through that could be a form of therapy and healing, but you absolutely do not need heartbreak, or pain, or depression, or addictions, or anything negative to be a writer.

Before I started writing, I had experienced childhood fights that frightened me, but it wasn’t until some years later when I went through the hardest years of my life, from the age of 14 to 18, when I felt greater fear. Those four years felt like an eternity. But those hardships did not make me a writer. Instead, writing was my escape.

I think it’s dangerous to say you need heartbreak to write, for fear that young, aspiring writers will go out looking for heartbreak. Please don’t. You can write with your heart intact. You can write in happiness. That is actually the most fruitful time to write, because when you are deep in pain (even physical pain) or depression, writing can be damn near impossible.

While many writers have bad childhoods in common, a horrible childhood doesn’t make a writer. Well, maybe it can. As I said, writing can be an escape. When we need to escape our lives temporarily, things like writing, reading, drawing, and creating and listening to music can do that. However, it is not a requirement. It’s not a credit you need, as in school. It’s not a badge you need to earn, as in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Many writers have had happy or perfectly normal childhoods.

The most important thing you need to write is a rich imagination. With an imagination you can lead a positively boring life but write a nail-biting thriller, an edge-of-your-seat suspense, a fast-paced action story, a chilling horror, a fun adventure, or a steamy romance.

If you do have an interesting life, though, use it as inspiration for your stories. If you’ve had many hardships, give them to your characters, help them reach the other side, and give them a better ending than you were given. I use my experiences all the time. But, I repeat, you don’t need those things to be a writer, to write a good book, or to create memorable characters. Through your imagination and writing you can go to places you’ve always dreamed of visiting. You can even create new worlds. You can do things you would never dare to do or are incapable of doing. You can be a pirate, a warrior, a goddess, anything you desire. Make your stories interesting and live vicariously through them. I do.



I - Infinity Grocery

New Vida is a planet on the other side of the universe that is mysteriously connected to Earth by a portal in the Grand Canyon. Because it's a different planet, and because Earth, specifically the United States, colonizes New Vida, I decided to give many stores and businesses names inspired by the universe.

Previously I highlighted The Galaxy's Tease, a strip club.

Now I'm highlighting Infinity Grocery. Well, there's really not much to say about it. It's a normal corner grocery story that you can find in any town/city. And it's another crime scene location.

Space Station Gas is another crime scene location.

Galaxy Bar is featured in Ghost of Death.

Businesses aren't the only things with space-themed names, even the strippers at The Galaxy's Tease have space-themed names. You'll have to read Cocky Killer to discover those.
Cocky Killer Excerpt:
It was bad enough that there was a bar named Galaxy Bar that concocted drinks like Wormhole. Apparently, business owners in the Unknown World thought they were being clever using the galactic phenomena that made it possible for them to even have a business on another planet, located lightyears from Earth, with a simple step through a portal and only seconds of time lost. Drinks and women. What was next? Cars? Would one of the big auto companies on Earth create a line of vehicles called the Titania? Titania Atlas, an SUV. Titania Hunter, a truck. Titania Solar, a solar car. Avrianna pursed her lips. Well, she actually wouldn’t mind that so much, but she drew the line at strippers. 


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  1. What a great theme! (I hope this posts my comment. I'm having issues - thank you for visiting my blog.)
    I don't use much from my own life to inspire my writing actually, as I think most people would find it unrelatable.

    1. I’m sorry you had trouble commenting. Unfortunately, I don’t know who you are, as you didn’t leave your name or link. :(

  2. I would agree that the greatest asset is imagination.I might add to that an opening to seeing what's around, not just focusing on oneself. Even if you're writing about your bad past, if you can't see beyond that it will quickly come boring.... The Galaxy Bar sounds like a place to hang out for an evening ;)

    1. There's truth in that. We have to be able to see beyond our pasts...beyond the bad.

  3. Well, I've got the uninteresting life part down. Still working on the rich imagination, though. :)

  4. I had the need, the urge, to write, from at least second grade (it's the earliest I remember). It is an important message - you are absolutely correct; you don't need pain or a bad childhood to be a writer. I don't know what you would call it. Maybe not imagination, because what I imagined back then was based on the Superman TV series (I was born in the early 1950's) and me being a part of the Daily Planet staff. Fan fiction? The imagination came later. As for the pain - writing helped me through my teen years. A lot.

  5. I should probably torture my characters more... it would be therapeutic, if too revealing.

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