Sunday, April 14, 2013

Write First, Ask Questions Later

This blog really needed a revamp. A new name, a shiny new background, and here's the new post to introduce it. Ben's Blog 2.0! Now with more pizzazz! Shazam! Huztpah! I don't know what that word means. Anyways, the blog needed a change. The title was old and boring. It communicated nothing about the blog, or what it's about, not very attention-grabbing or note-worthy in any way. You don't have to lie to me, I know it was a bad title.

After brainstorming with friends, I feel like the new title is monumentally improved. Write First, Ask Questions Later. BAM! You know the blog is about writing. My work here is done.

The title also makes perfect sense. It's a motto. A phrase of wisdom for a writer. You know what writers always complain about? Writer's block. The demon of all authors, the black pit of imagination, the black hole of creativity. It sucks life out of the creative work, drains the fun from fiction and drags us kicking and screaming out of the zone, out of our focus. The veritable kryptonite for any author. You know oftentimes where that writers block comes from? Questions. What do I do now? Where does this character go from here? How do I solve this plot hole? How do I get past this scene? How will the character get out of this situation? Blah blah blah. The questions add up and the answers elude us. So we put off writing. We say 'fuck this, I can't write right now, I've got writer's block! I'll think on it some more, wait until this mysterious block goes away and then I'll get right to it!' But you know what it is? Bullshit. Writer's Block is bullshit. A vague all-encompassing excuse not to write. Well you know what you can say to WRITERS BLOCK? FUCK YOU WRITERS BLOCK YOU WONT TAKE ME THIS TIME! So here's what you do. Write First, ask questions later.

Basically, screw the questions, screw the block. Just write. Keep writing. Who cares how the situations going to resolve, how to solve a plot-hole, etc. It doesn't matter. Just write. Write about something completely unrelated, write bullshit, write nothing, write anything, it doesn't matter. Skip to another part of the piece you're working on and write that. There is no true excuse to simply 'Not Write'. You can always write. Writer's Block cannot take over your entire imagination, your entire creative mind. It cannot stop you from writing, only you can stop you from writing.

So yeah, I like the new title. It makes sense. It fits, in many aspects of life. You're never going to know the answers to all the questions you want to ask, so screw it. Forget the questions. Do whatever you need to do. The questions can come later.

There it is, the title, the revitalized blog, new and improved. Here it is. Note the change in the url. It is now, you will need to re-bookmark it and such. You can also check out my tumblr at Tumblr is...difficult to describe, like a mini-blog.

Anyways, that's all for now.


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