bold fun

The Writer

I’ve made mention of this idea before: the best fiction walks the line of nearly embarrassing the author.

When I’ve mentioned this in the past, I’ve keyed in on the kind of courage good writing takes. Today, I’d like to focus on a different element of this caliber of writing. Namely, it’s a lot of fun.

The blank page presents us with a rare and wonderful gift. Anything, anything at all, can be true there. Your greatest fears, joys, curiosities and fantasies can all come true in fiction. Literally, nothing is off limits. Sure, there’s a possibility that if you write a boldly vulnerable story people will be able to infer certain things about you from the details of the plot and the personalities of the characters. The author is left exposed.

But if we stop there, acknowledging that it’s risky to write this way, without going a step further, we’ve missed something really important.

It’s fun to write without apology. It’s liberating to pour yourself out onto the page, to exercise your own demons in fiction, to do the things you only dream of doing through one of your characters, or to change the fabric of reality within the confines of your story. Your literal dreams may be the only other time in your life when you’ll have so much freedom. Why would you waste it being cautious, fearful that if you write the story you really want to write it could embarrass you?

Fuck that, I say. Tear away whatever is holding you back and write what you really want to, what really gets you excited, and enjoy writing it. Yeah, it’s scary, but so is skydiving and people do that for fun every day. I promise you, allowing fear to limit your writing may make it safe, but it will also suck the joy right out of the process.

Be bold, don’t be afraid of being embarrassed, and have fun.


About Ash Martin
Ash Martin writes dark fantasy and horror, has a thing for classic monster legends, Nordic mythology, coffee, and sarcasm, and is currently working on multiple books.

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