Let’s be honest. All this shit happening around is bonkers to say the least.
I’ve tried writing something other than horror to keep my mind from thinking of all the terrible circumstances of our current existence.
But I’ve failed.
I spent three weeks writing an outline for a story that has failed to hold my attention.
I don’t think it’s the outline that did it but more along the lines of how my brain reacts to the world around me.
I thought I could write something more mainstream, or at least something non-fantastical.
That came to end this morning when I put away the outline and went back to a short story I’d shelved.
I do enjoy the world I created with that outline but I currently feel like I’m trying too hard to write something that a person would enjoy and that person isn’t me.
I like to read all flavors of books but the fantastic saved me more times than anything else has.
I’ve tried to deny it, but after writing ten books with nothing to show for it, I have to go back to what makes me happy and it’s not writing what someone who isn’t a part of my life would enjoy.
Of all the books I’ve written, they’ve all had fantastic elements. Whether they be vampires, apocalypse, Grim Dark fantasy, or any of the other derivatives of fantasy.
I just can’t write a regular fiction novel without thinking about where I could put a monster. It didn’t happen during the outline process but boy, it’s happened in the drafting process.
I keep thinking, “hey I’m could put a monster in here”, then I think, “No. That won’t work in the larger scale of the story.”
That’s my problem.
I tried writing something that wasn’t me.
Sure I read all those books when I was a kid, but I wasn’t given the option of reading anything else.
The books and comics I wanted to read I hid and read them at night when I was alone in my room.
I was always fearful of being found out that I read those books. There were always from the library at school or the public library.
Those stories got me through one of the worst parts of my childhood.
I’ve neglected the teenager and kid I was and what he would have enjoyed reading.
It was during those nights alone that I started to create my own stories.
It was those nights when I had the apartment to myself that I’d read, write, and think about stories and worlds.
I’ve forgotten those moments, or more appropriately, buried them deep enough to block them out.
I have to go back to those nights, weeks, and darkest parts of my childhood to find the stories the teenage me needed at those moments. I hated my life, who I was, and was unsure whether I wanted to continue living at all.
I owe it to the kid who survived.