Badassery Magazine February 2018 Issue 21 - Page 43

M y dearest reader, the essay you are no doubt about to peruse with unalloyed pleasure, marks two significant milestones in my writing career. (Significant to me at any rate.) First, this particular essay rep- resents precisely one year since I first began writing for Badassery Magazine, my first assemblage of literary litter having appeared in the February 2017 issue. The second milestone is more nu- merical in nature. As of this writing, I have submitted just over 10,000 words to this eminent and vener- able publication. Such a profusion of periphrastic prolixity deserves at least a small degree of recogni- tion, and as such I am enjoying a glass of "vinum optimum" as I pre- pare this latest magnum opus to be sprung upon an unsuspecting and innocent public. I regret nothing. Writing is a process that many view as strange and mysterious. While I cannot deny that many of the scribblers of belles-lettres share characteristics that one would charitably describe as... ec- centric, the actual craft of writing requires no arcane knowledge or erratic behaviour. Allow me, if I may be so gauche, and if you would be so groovy, to share with you a few of the nug- gets of wisdom I've gathered so far in my career as manipulator of lin- gua franca: Treat writing as a craft. Steady on dear reader, I know that words like "craft" have been usurped and turned into preten- tious piffle by marketing wonks, but we can take the word back. A craft is a task or process that re- quires care and hands-on atten- tion. A craftsperson agonizes over the tiniest details to ensure that the product is the best it can be. Writ- ing is no different. Language is one of the most precious gifts afford- ed to the human creature, and we must treat it with care. Writing must be a daily practice. The only way to improve as a writ- er is to write. That simple truth underpins all others in the writing profession. Scribble every day, whether it's a piece for publication or just for your own benefit. This constant practice will help you re- fine your skill as well as your voice. Trust your own intuition and your own creativity. Writer, heal thyself. While you'll have days when the words don't flow as well as oth- ers, practicing the craft on a dai- ly basis will greatly reduce those instances. The more you trust in your intuition, the more freely the ideas will come. Don't know what 42