Saturday, October 10, 2015

JM - 1

My buddy is on me to start writing, serious writing. He says I should write a book. I don't know how to write a book. So, I thought maybe some blogs/journals/stream-of-consciousness might be the way to go. I mean, to get into a groove for writing.

I don't see myself ever siting down and writing an outline of a book before I write it.  I have no idea where my writing will go.  I have no idea of a lot of things.

Kerouac wrote On the Road in three speed-infested weeks.

Bukowski wrote Post Office, his first novel, in a weekend.

I have no idea how they did it.

I think the internet has shortened the attention span of my already damaged brain.  I can't stay on one subject for long, and I'm always seeking a video hook.

I learned in school in the time before the internet, before personal computers.  You learned in class and you learned by paying attention, reading your books, and doing your assignments.  I went to Catholic elementary and high schools.  I earned a BA in English from UW - Parkside.  The education I received appears light years ahead of what I see today.  I know there's plenty of great kids who work hard to get their grades, and I know there's plenty of kids that don't give a damn.  They get pushed along just because they're taking up space.

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