Short Stories, Poetry & Novellas, vs. Novels

I know of no other way to write but to do so. However, if one considers oneself unable to make meaning from anything, which is to say that one has no frame of reference whatsoever, there is still hope. One can always write about the nothingness of existence. Perhaps a poem about the emptiness of life and meaning, or even about writing in itself about having nothing to say or to say something, about which one has no frame of reference.

It is also possible to write about one's observations if one feels the mind has nothing to offer. If we cannot surmise a meaning from our lives, why can we not surmise a meaning from other people's lives? In this way, a short story can serve very well. It is very much similar to watching a television show with the sound off, thereby speaking for the characters according to their gestures and facial expressions. Short stories are something like that.

And then, there is the novella, which can be likened to a practice marathon race, where one works one's way up to a longer distance. Sadly, the novella is somewhat suspect because it seems ambivalent to literary editors, as though one is saying: "I want to write a novel, but I don't have enough to say about it, but I have more to say about it than a short story, so I need a space in between, like a semi-colon, and not a whole colon. If you write consistently and work just a little harder, you can make it to the actual marathon run.

And to which we now address: the marathon run is the Novel, which can be excruciating work if one is not yet trained for the exhaustive work of writing, rewriting, editing, and perhaps more to come of all that. To boot, one must write whether one feels like it or not, in order to keep up skills, keep work flowing, and sometimes force the hand and pen forward into its next great achievement.

It is lovely what Louis L'Amour says here below, as well as the intimations of all the writers within this window of wisdom page. One must "turn on the faucet...." and so the lesson is this: If anyone of us plans on becoming a writer, it must be thought of not as a shallow, momentary act of ambivalent application by a hubris persona, but instead let it be enacting a consistent and chronic behavior of emotional and spiritual analysis and acute application; a marked and inspiring effort to give a piece of one's work to a reader whom is greatly valued, and then to edit careful for technical and artistic beauty in logos.

Finally and in a succinct measure of the mind's meaning,

Writing takes an inspired depth of mind, which
When put from that kind of heart to a reader, will
Most assuredly be a purposeful act of the killing of a tree, 
Cut and carved out, with writer's blood, and love for thee, o reader.


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