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Naivete and the Young Writer
12/2/2010 9:33:36 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]


I was planning to write an entry on the naivete of younger writers - about how it's important to experience experience experience life to bring wisdom and truth to their writing. I do think that's true to a point.

But...

But as I thought about it, I realized that not all young writers are necessarily naive. I'm guilty of gauging their naivete on my own naivete at those early stages (and boy, was I ever naive - blissfully so!) but -

But...

I was also raised in white middle class suburbia by a loving family. There was no alcoholism, no physical or mental abuse, there was always good food to be eaten, we took our yearly family vacations in whatever model station wagon we had at the time; by the time I was born, my parents were in their early 30's and already fairly well established in their teaching careers. We always had plenty of Christmas presents under the tree. I was never the victim of any significant bullying. I went to middle class public schools, had a middle class girlfriend in high school, with whom I had lots of middle class sex. So in other words, I got nothing to complain about. (although, funny thing, when I look through the journals I kept back then, they are chock-full of 'woe-is-me' -type entries - I did suffer from incredible shyness and social anxiety, but still...)

But still...

There is something vital that young writers bring to the table. Maybe they haven't experienced what it's like to be a parent, or realized that not everyone's dreams come true even if they're really really trying, or how time speeds up exponentially with age, but...

But...

To them the world is still full of possibilities. Maybe they know intellectually they're mortal, but their heart tells them differently. And that can lead to some great writing, just as much as being a world weary and self-perceived wise old geezer can.


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More Blogs by Joel Arnold
• The Sucking Suckathon of Suckiness - Monday, May 21, 2012
• Mississippi Pearls and a Car Biding Its Time on the Ice 'til Spring - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• One Decade, One Story - or how One Thing Leads to Another - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Racing Minnesota-style! - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• This Here Minnesota Horror Author was a Big Old Scaredy-Cat - Thursday, December 22, 2011
• Jack the Blob Killer - Monday, December 19, 2011
• Death Rhythm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
• More Writing What You Know - Monday, September 19, 2011
• How I Interpret 'Write What You Know' - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Blessings - or - What I write after having one too many... - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• 120 Miles in a Canoe - Monday, June 27, 2011
• On Stephen King - Thursday, June 23, 2011
• Why Horror? - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Zen & the Art of Swearing - Friday, June 10, 2011
• If Coffee Shops were Run by Airlines - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Trying to Figure Out What Scares Me - Monday, March 21, 2011
• My Confession - Tuesday, March 08, 2011
• Going Indie with my novel Northwoods Deep - Friday, March 04, 2011
• How I Envision Conflict When Writing - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Wall Drug - why it's one of my favorite places - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Jonesing for a Road Trip - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Snowmapocalyptopalooza - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• How Do You Remember? - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• When your parents are librarians... - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
• The genesis of a novel - the first 6 days - Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• Searching for Truth - Characterization - Thursday, December 16, 2010
• Control - and a little more about Northwoods Deep - Monday, December 13, 2010
• Bukowski - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
• Flies, Flies, Spam, and Flies - Friday, December 03, 2010
•  Naivete and the Young Writer - Thursday, December 02, 2010  
• For Writers looking for some Adventure - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My usual rider for family/friend appearances - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• Writing and Me - a dramatization - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day (now with vitamin C!) - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• The Power of Music - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• To All the Bookstores I've Loved Before - Monday, November 15, 2010
• The Care and Feeding of Writers - Sunday, November 14, 2010
• Rudiments - Thursday, November 11, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Tragedy - now with 50% more pathos! - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Perspective - Monday, November 08, 2010
• The Daunting Dauntiness of Tweeting on Twitter - Saturday, November 06, 2010


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