It’s time for this week’s edition of Ned’s Nickel’s Worth on Writing which, in addition to offering literary insights gained from my 15 years as a newspaper columnist, is also the FIRST blog guaranteed to be 100 percent Ebola-virus free! Why risk going somewhere else when you can rest assured knowing there is absolutely no chance of getting anything from this blog?
My NWOW is a weekly feature the CDC has called, “Writing advice that has almost no chance of spreading…”
And what the Surgeon General described as “A literary nicotine patch for those who want to quit writing…”
But enough accolades!
As I mentioned in last week’s NWOW, I’m muddling through the exciting combination of a lung infection and femoral hernia, which in layman’s terms means I cough a lot while trying to avoid using phrases like “bust a gut.” The good news is that I’m on a new antibiotic for walking pneumonia that, according to my doctor, is so strong “it made Hulk Hogan sterile.” Needless to say, I’m confident things will get cleared up pretty quickly once my testicles come out of hiding.
In the meantime, I’m doing something a little different this week because, let’s face it: writing while standing isn’t different enough. Instead of my normal post, which as you all know focuses on an aspect of writing with the kind of surgical precision generally reserved for a game of “Operation,” I’d like to introduce all of you to a new blog called The Write Stuff. It was established two weeks ago by Marcia Meara with the sole intent of giving writers a place to exchange advice in a grassroots-style forum where you can ask questions or share tips on all aspects of writing. I’ll be contributing there from time to time but, more importantly, so will a lot of other writers — all of whom have been pre-screened for deadly viruses.
Marcia is a self-published author of three books, including Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel, which was released last May. She also hosts a book review and author interview blog called Bookin’ It, which I was featured on several months ago, but that you should still visit anyway. All joking aside, Marcia is a gifted and giving writer with a heart of gold who is constantly sharing her love for writing with other writers — again, all of whom are virus free.
If you get a moment, I hope you’ll consider becoming part of the conversation over at The Write Stuff and helping some fellow writers with any insights you might have. Look for me while you’re there; I’ll be the one standing in the corner coughing into his fist.
That said, and because I’d like to leave you with at least some personal writing insight, I’m including a link to a post from a while back called “My Writing Process,” which was part of the #MyWritingProcess Blog Tour that included Marcia, as well as some other terrific writers like Ross Murray at Drinking Tips for Teens and Robyn Lawson at Blog Woman!! Each offers a personal look into their writing process and what makes them tick as writers — as opposed to me, who is a writer with a tick…
My thanks to Ross Murray at Drinking Tips for Teens, who invited me to be a part of the #mywritingprocesss Blog Tour. There are several reasons I’m both excited and flattered to be a part of this blog tour, which highlights the creative process of different writers each week. I’m excited because sharing my process might be helpful to other writers; I’m flattered because Ross admitted I was “On a short list of writers, after my dog chewed up most of it.”
That kind of affirmation from a writer of his caliber is something you can’t measure, especially since I don’t understand the metric system. However, what I DO know is that, in addition to appreciating him as a writer who never fails to seamlessly weave together humor and enlightenment, Ross is on my short list of people I plan to share coffee (or possibly something stronger) with some day.
In the interest of fairness, I’d like to point out I also have a list of short people I plan to have a drink with some day.
Now… on to yet another list, which consists of the four questions asked on the blog tour:
1) Do you prefer a wooden paddle or riding crop?
Um… Hold on a second.
Sorry! Wrong blog tour! How embarrassing! For Ross, I mean, who must’ve sent the wrong list. I’ll just check with Nic DiDomizio or Bill Pearse, who are bloggers also participating in the #mywritingprocess tour this week, and use a set of their questions. This will just take a second…
Ok, that’s better.
1) Why do I write what I do?
I grew up surrounded by funny people in my family. My parents, grandparents, cousins, my older half-brothers — they always had me laughing. Naturally, that humorous synergy continues to play a big part of my life at home, at work, in bed, etc. At the same time, while growing up, I was also surrounded by alcoholism that eventually led to my parents’ divorce. I learned at an early age how humor can also be a powerful force in getting through tough times and, more importantly, helping see things from a different perspective. I think it’s why I’m drawn to satire in particular; satire is all about lighting a slow fuse leading to an explosion that blows things completely out of proportion. When it’s done right, for that brief moment you’re up in the air, you see things from a different perspective. In today’s world, I think we need perspective on a regular basis — and humor is a universally accepted, non-confrontational way to offer that. Do I always try to enlighten people in my columns and posts? No. Sometimes I’m basically just making fart sounds with my armpits. (Click HERE for the rest of the tour…)