OriginalTitle is a misnomer. I’ve realized it’s impossible to create truly original content. Originality isn’t what you do, it’s how you do it. Everyone has their own OriginalTitle, OriginalJourney, OriginalMood and OriginalFavorite, because we all experience so much of the same things in life, but it’s how we do it that makes us original. Basically we’re all oxymorons, OriginalCliches, in a word. As an aspiring creative writer, my aim is to say what’s been said as originally as I can.
OriginalTitle came to be because my biggest struggle is getting ahead of myself. Before I’ve even written a chapter, I’ll begin to think of a title and how I could market it, which is a massive pitfall. This blog let’s me get out the “small thoughts” and creativity bursts that happen between chapters while giving me space to market myself outside of the work I submit. I have so many backlogged ideas saved in my notepad that they find a place to expand here.
Constantly living in need of feedback, critique, approval and disapproval, I am probably the worst kind of person to aspire to make writing my day job. There’s no way around it, though, I crave an outlet for my many thoughts as they percolate. I have a long way to go in terms of becoming a widely published author, but constantly improving has always been my one and only talent as a natural underdog.
Thank you for joining me on my OriginalJourney to becoming patient, genuine and productive as a writer. I share my experiences with you to begin a dialogue. I would love to hear your OriginalJourneys, OriginalMoods and OriginalFavorites so feel free to comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m pretty much a plain jane 20something with cropped brown hair and freckles, but I’ve had many unplain experiences. Growing up in a nontraditional family gave me an empathy and insight into how an exterior cannot even begin to illuminate the experiences and character of a person. Everyone has a need to be heard, everyone has a story, and most importantly everyone deserves respect.
SOMETIMES THE BEST THINGS ARE A LITTLE BROKEN.
Although we say we don’t, everyone judges. So did I until the secrets swept under the rug of the family’s kitchen table were uncovered dramatically. Because of my experience of having what seemed like a “perfect” life on the outside turn out to be quite the opposite, I strive everyday to understand the world first through my experience and then through the experiences of those around me.
REALITY EXISTS BELOW THE SURFACE.
In my life, I’ve rebelled and broken the rules a bit. I’ve done policy internships at the state capitol. I’ve traveled abroad and studied abroad at Worcester College at Oxford. I’ve taught Visual Art in the Mississippi Delta and have worked in the corporate world. I’ve been published in a couple of e-magazines, and have yet to make a career of writing even though I know of all things it’s my passion. I have a tendency to work too hard at things that aren’t truly my core interest.
LIFE HAPPENS OUTSIDE THE HOURS OF 9-5.
Often, I feel guilty when I write because I should be working. It’s a horrible habit. For some reason I’ve always equated my passion for writing with irresponsibility. It’s something I’m working on changing through this blog.
STAND TALL AGAINST THE WIND.