Thanks to Cyndi Lauper, we all know that girls want to have fun, but writers should have some fun, too. The struggle to write well is a serious business. I know my sense of self-worth is tied up in my idea of being a writer.
It’s a psychological bind that can get old quick.
And anyway, writing is fun. If writing was only pain and struggle, we writers wouldn’t do it. That’s why writing can be so addictive. Writing is pain and joy, work and fun.
So, the next time you find yourself mentally banging your head against the wall because of writing, relax a little bit. Remember, writing should be fun, too.
Cyndi Lauper was right. Girls (and writers) just want to have fun.
The Old Soldier had to get back outside one more time today before night fall. I don’t run fast anymore, but I do like to walk. The pace of the city is slowing down. The sun is setting. I walk and think about the future of my little online magazine of erotica.
Earlier today, I stood in line checking out some items at the store down the street when a customer came up to me and introduced himself. He was an old classmate from when I was working on my BA in writing at the University of Pittsburgh between 1999-2003. He asked me the eternal question that writers ask each other, “Are you still writing?” I was. He wasn’t. I gave him my business card.
The cashier overheard our conversation and he asked for the magazine’s URL. I gave him my business card.
I didn’t tell either one that I mainly published erotic flash fiction. If they actually do check out the magazine, they’ll realize it soon enough.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction, an online magazine full of tips on writing erotica for money and great gangbang short stories.