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Topic: The Editor (05/27/10)
TITLE: A Small Piece of My Mind: The Editor
By Allen Stark
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This disease seems to be threatening the writing population, not just our youth. Its cause may have something to do with the general state of our culture. Most writing today, excluding most Faithwriters entries, seems to express intense personal feelings. It is usually humorless, often obscure, and generally gloomy in tone. Its most common themes are the world is treating me badly, I feel neglected, abandoned, unrecognized, I want to die, you don’t love me anymore, and you are somewhere between rotten and full of crap.
The main problem with this type of writing is that it is usually therapeutic for the person writing it but is boring and doesn’t make much interesting reading for others.
If you are in a position to edit, critique, or encourage writers, tell them their writing needs to be entertaining or informative. When you read for recreation you want to be entertained. I know that when I’m not, I stop reading.
In looking for things to write about, tell the writer to look around and find people doing fun and interesting things and then write stories and poems that are alive, fun, and joyous. It’s okay to be innocent. Writers in the 1940s and 50s wrote about sock hops, record parties, family relationships, etc. However, since the end of “the age of innocence,” writers have substituted themes of sex and violence, war, drug abuse, alcoholism, affairs, etc. We seem to have traded a fantasy for a nightmare.
Okay, so in reality, I am aware that we now live in a world that is more filled with problems, but can’t we work to protect our innocence, especially that of our youth by writing and reading stories filled with cheerful fiction or nonfiction? What’s wrong with allowing our minds to experience and enjoy more of the sunny side of life?
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