Random Musings on Writing


Navel Gazing

Is it less worthy to write simple stories, essays and anecdotes, where your goal is the reader’s smile or laugh?

Is this niche (my niche, as it were) less legit than the niche of the soul bearing “real writer”?

Every evening, since joining this community, I read a few blogs in various categories before I go to bed. I must say, boy are there alot of talented writers out there! Every subject matter and category imaginable. Short stories, long stories, fiction & non. And the poetry… simply so good. I’m often blown away by the sheer talent I stumble across on my evening travels. I’m awed, but mostly I’m humbled.

Then I think about my writing and I find myself doing something I shouldn’t… I compare. In these comparisons, I find myself lacking. I have no mastery of the language…unless you count my special gift of contorting the word fuck into the 8 parts of speech. I use grammar and punctuation “creatively” in that if I can’t make the language rule fit, I skew it to my liking. I’m a storyteller trying to be a “real writer”. I know this is possible because Jean Shepherd did it brilliantly in one of my favorite books, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”. Not even almost comparing my writing “style” to his brilliance, but if everyone’s got one book in them, I’d attempt to make mine along the lines of that one.

The bottomline is, I think and hope there’s a place for every style at the writers’ table, I’m ok sitting nearby at the kids’ table. I hope to learn alot over here listening, watching and reading.


About Jody

Jody is a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s best described as a work in progress - aren’t we all?
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8 Responses to Random Musings on Writing

  1. shanechall says:

    I’ve thought about this too, as someone who sits somewhere between literary and escapist. Be thankful that you take an interest in a type of writing that entertains others, rather than the intensive literary route, because the latter is definitely a rougher life. Not to say that one side is superior to the other, and in fact the sides don’t exist, it’s a broad spectrum.
    Ultimately, no one is obligated to make people think or wow them with amazing language. What matters is only who finds their audience. I’m sure you’ll continue to find yours, as long as you stay true to what matters to you. Cheers!

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  2. hrh7 says:

    Oh please, never compare your writing. Or allow anyone to. Improve, if you want. Do not compare. There is no cookie cutter. Plus, you’re fun. You should read- tscng.wordpress.com- funny is wonderful.

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    • Jody says:

      I do try to avoid comparing, I’m mostly successful. I do believe there is room for all of us at this big table. Fun and funny is always good! I appreciate your reading my blog and commenting!


  3. smbaird says:

    Good writing is good writing, that’s the bottom line. Genre, subject matter, style… if it’s good, it’s good. Your writing is good. Very. You have a wonderful writing voice and style. 🙂

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  4. smbaird says:

    Wow, thank you. You keep doing what you’re doing… it’s great! (I just read your “Fun with Google” post. Funniest thing I’ve read in a lonnnnng time.)


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