Things I’ve Learned This Past Week

1: It’s really hard to write about friendship when you are angry and want to murder the world.  (And homicide on a global scale has been an appropriate answer to a lot of stress lately.  Sadly I A) lack the means, and B) believe in the sanctity of life too much to actually do it.)

2: Probably the best time to write about friendship is when you are angry and want to murder the world.  After all, even friendships have conflict, although not normally of the homicidal variety.  But even more than that, writing about friendship when you are feeling anything but friendly will give your writing an edge, make it stand out, make it different.  And, lastly, writing about something that is so far outside of your current mindset can result in something unexpected, and that’s always a good thing when writing.  (Well, usually it’s a good thing…)

3: Writing about friendship when you are angry and want to murder the world is really hard – but in the end it makes you want to murder the world a little less.  This is especially true if the characters in your story are five years old. It’s a real struggle to reach the innocence of that age on a good day, but when you manage to find the magic of friendship in the eyes of a pair of children it makes the rest of your world seem a little less dark.   At least for a little while…

4: As soon as you want to murder the world a little less, someone will come along and make you want to murder it even more than before. (Life is a vicious circle sometimes…)

5: I don’t write enough violent scenes.  Seriously.  I should probably write something really dark and violent and vicious and brutal just to get it out of my system. Maybe if I murder the world in a piece of flash fiction I won’t feel like doing it in real life.

(Yes, folks, it’s been one of those days for a week now… And one of those weeks for the past month.)

Here’s to life!

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