Writing with Attitude
By John Safin
Remember that phrase: Attitude is
everything. I guess it would be like having your health; if you have
that, you have everything. Good, bad or any attitude can work to your
advantage as a writer. Really. I’m serious.
For instance, remember
the time you felt so good that you put fingers to keyboard and created
an outstanding piece of literature or the most beautiful poetry in less
time than it took for your computer to warm up? Happy attitude will
call for a happy writing experience. “Break from the Holidays,” a short
story contributed to SONORAN MIRAGE, was the result of a very pleasant
and somewhat goofy time.
A good time to write
about your hero/heroine might be when your attitude is equal to your
character’s character. I find that when feeling especially bold my
heroes are very striking, suave, determined, aggressive maybe even a bit
The most lethal
characters have been created after driving through rush hour traffic,
standing in the longest, slowest line at the grocery store, or listening
to our politician at work. Any situation that is frustrating tends to
bring out the evil aggressive side of my psyche, which translates into
my characters or their actions. A chapter from one of several
uncompleted projects deals with a serial-style murder. People from the
local writers group still comment on that particular chapter years after
it was first introduced. Everyone was glad not to be around me on the
day that scene was typed.
I honestly do not know
what it is like to write when feeling sad. The last time there was any
real sadness in my life was the September 11th terrorist attacks made me
feel sad for all the people killed and grief felt by their friends,
family and loved ones. Like much of the country I was in shock about
what had happened and did not write anything during that time. When
undergoing cancer treatment a few years ago there wasn’t any gloom or
self-pity. Believe it or not, all the events that took place over the
two-month treatment period provided material for a fairly decent comedy
The best example to
offer on how attitude affects writing is the article you are reading
now. In my current employment position (unfortunately, I am not yet a
self-sufficient author) part of my responsibilities is to create
promotional and advertising materials. Product development has fallen
behind, which does not give me the raw information necessary to produce
the marketing materials. This piece is a demonstration of my
waiting-for-something-to-happen attitude. So instead of passing idle
time hovering in pause-mode, this short article has kept the creative
juices flowing and allowed my Muse to speak.
So how does your
attitude stimulate your writing? Are you willing to share that with
other people? If so, send an email with a brief (300 words or less)
review of how your writing is affected by your attitude. We’ll even
publish your response on the Dynamic Writers website.
I’ll Give You Some
Email your attitude story for publication on DynamicWriters.com.
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John Safin has written non-fiction, fiction,
humor, and political ravings plus acted as ghost and speech writer for
top business leaders.
He has a background in business operations,
marketing, public relations, event planning, recruiting, and training.
Originally from Upstate New York, John moved
from Glendale, AZ to Carlsbad, NM, which he now calls "home."
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