Who is Mo?

Before I begin to introduce you to Mo, you’ll have to bear with me. It is only fare to tell you that only time will tell how this story pans out. We will see if Mo has what it takes to continue to develop his intent to write consistently.Quite a number of people have told me that I should write a life’s story, yet I really don’t know where to begin. I do know that Mo wants to write, so I am telling you about Mo. I do know that there are particular rules, regards writing nonfiction. Mo is teaching me, thru his learning, that there are specific creative approaches to maintaining those ‘rules’. It is these ‘creative’ rules that I believe you will find to be of particular interest. Of coures, we, you and I, can only learn as Mo learns. Mo may not be the brightest candle on the block, though some say and claim that he is a genius.  We will leave it at that.

You may eventually ask whether or not this is my own writing. Of course it is. However, there really is nothing new under the sun. For instance, if you go study writing or take various literature courses with any PhD, that person will be teaching what s/he learned from some other professor, or out of some book…and on, and on, and on.

What I am exploring is a story about a guy named Mo. Mo wants to tell a story, but he doesn’t know how. The reader, as well as the writer (me) will be learning, along with Mo, the ins and outs of effective nonfiction writing. There will be an unfolding of realization for Mo. I don’t claim to be so wise, so I imagine if there are unfoldings for Mo, there will be unfoldings for me as well. Mo wants to explore writing nonfiction,  building great sentences, logic and various other topics, such as neurology, that will wind their way through Mo’s story. This is Mo’s adventure. You are welcome to travel with Mo as he learns.

It is guaranteed that Mo will stumble, will misspell words and will use incorrect notation. Guaranteed. We, you and I, both wonder, “What will Mo do with perceived errors”.  We will see. Mo wants to be a writer. Writer’s edit their material, so I am imagining that Mo will correct errors he perceives. However, Mo only knows so much, so it may take Mo time to reach a point where he realizes that his path needs adjusting. I know Mo, so he may even give me advise.

I know that you will want to leap ahead of the story, to the point where you want Mo to write about certain subjects, but, once again, you have to realize that Mo may not be as intelligent and/or fast as you. Yet, he has evolved teachers and superb guidance. You will most likely enjoy and appreciate Mo’s experience as he unfolds what he learns.  You will appreciate Mo’s lessons, as they are presented by his ‘teacher(s)’, through his work.

Is this mine? Did I write this? Well, yes. The idea of writing about Mo’s ‘writing adventure’ is mine. The knowledge is not mine, but consists of a lineage of knowledge that various writer’s have been passing down through generations of aspiring writers. Of course, we all know that these writers are preferably graduates of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Berkeley, Stanford, Cuest College, Burbank High School, The University of Utah, or plain old Sonoma State University, and that they know a few things about Hemingway and Steinbeck (Steinbeck dropped out of Stanford). My mother once told me that I reminded her of Hemingway. She hadn’t read much of anything I wrote, so I suppose it was my beard.

Mo understands that it is all about writing. He wants to challenge himself to write a fare amount each day. I recently listened to a Neurologist’s lecture, in which he states that it is important to write upwards of 500 words a day. The Neurologist claims to have published upwards of 20 books, and has won numerous awards. So I figure his quota of 500 words a day is something to consider.

It is definitely true that the call to ‘just write’ will produce lots of garbage. So what? Steinbeck wrote lots of garbage, however, he had a method where he wrote in the margins until he was flowing with his story, say, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, or ‘Of Mice and Men’.  We will explore just what approach writers take, with respect to the fact that not everything that they ‘just write’ is anything they would want to publish, yet they continue to ‘just write’. Steinbeck did, and you see where it got him. Do you know that whole books have been published of Steinbeck’s ‘garbage’, notes he wrote in the margins?

By the way, you may want to reread a few of my past page(s) occasionally, as I may be editing the hell out of them. I guess the best thing for me to do is just continue to post my writings and be free to edit as I wish. I cannot expect you to go back and reread something I wrote. However, any new readers will benefit by the editing. Again, note that Mo’s learning will be the main thing that prompts me to do any serious editing of my own work. It could be that, eventually, I will find that the best thing to do is just move forward.

Again, this is Mo’s adventure. Mo, just as myself, wants to learn more about writing, about self-expression. Mo wants to write the life story that so many people have asked for, but Mo doesn’t have the slightest idea where to begin. Mo has made a decision to begin learning more about just writing, about just ‘what a writer is’. Oh, I am feeling excited!

Maybe this will be a fun and great learning adventure. I do hope things are going well with you.

Got to go, if I am to study about writing anything tonight.

Did Someone Say, ‘Just Write’?

“Too much!”, ‘The Writer’s’ mind screams. “Too much to write!”

An internal voice states, “I Don’t know where or how to begin”, “What do I do if I introduce the story, and/or a character, incorrectly?”, “Can’t I just know the answer(s), before I begin?”, “What if I use incorrect notation?”, “Can’t I have a few years of serious study, before I begin writing?” – ‘The Writer’ is experiencing ‘serious worry’. This ‘serious worry’ is enough to stop many from writing, after all, one does want to ‘do it right’.

Are you a writer? If so, are you serious about learning and evolving ‘your craft’? It is extremely important that the work of a writer be understood as a craft; not an inspiration, or something one does when one if ‘feeling good’, ‘feeling inspired’. Writing is a daily process. We have all heard accomplished writers tell us, ‘just write’.

OK. But let’s take this admonition one step further. Let’s put it into a perspective that all can understand. Let’s suppose that you work as a carpenter, as a surgeon, or an accountant. Fine, but what do these obviously different professions have in common?  They are all ‘crafts’ that require skills that evolve over time. Regardless of what ‘field’ you work in, you will have days and even weeks where you feel like you don’t want to go to work? Yes, you will. However, do you go to work? You bet. You put on your smiling face, the best attitude you can muster, your work clothes and responsibly go to work, so you can accomplish the work that is yours to do. This is exactly how it is for the writer. Are you a writer? Do you know that there is only one thing that earns you this title? You write! All successful writers have this one thing in common, they write.

Ok. We have a story to tell. But we soon find that one of the most important questions we can ask is how can we,  as a writer, show, rather than tell, our story, our journey?  “Just write”, comes the reply, “Just write”.

“OK”, ‘The Writer’ responds, but from whose perspective is this story, this journey, told? “Just begin, just write”, the response.

What is about to unfold before our eyes is a nonfiction journey of ‘The Writer’s’ intent to evolve the ability to tell a story, more specifically, a nonfiction story. We will also come to understand one basic of all effective writing: Good stories contain well written sentences.

You, the reader, will be privy to the inner working’s of this journey.  My understanding of creative nonfiction writing is about to evolve.You are welcome to join me.