Often times, people will ask you what do you do for a living? In an age of labels and titles, it can be difficult to describe who you are as a person. I was recently asked what my style of writing is and truth be told, all I know is that I’m simply a writer.
I like capturing the stories of others and my own ideas on paper and simply releasing them into the world like the unboxing of flying doves at a wedding. I don’t have one area that I stick with or a niche.
My writing styles tend to differ from topic to topic, how I convey myself during an interview article is not how I would convey myself if I was writing a novel or a personal blog. Hell, how I convey myself socially isn’t how I portray myself in my writing.
I do know that the one thing I want to achieve in my writing is to give my readers just a moment of entertainment, a moment of reflection and maybe an eye-opening experience if I’m going to be posh.
In a previous blog, I introduced a new segment called Miramichi Spotlight which highlights local talent from the great city of Miramichi NB. The segment allows me to reach out to the community and provide an uncensored platform for artist to share their passion with the community. I find that when I meet these artist it’s not about questions and answers, it’s about the conversation, the message they are trying to get across.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview a couple of local musicians and not only did the artist enjoy the conversation but also enjoyed the opportunity to talk about their upcoming projects and being able to speak their mind without censorship or a planned agenda. it was simply a good conversation.
Over the last couple of days, I talked to one of my readers and the individual stated that even though they thought my content was good, they didn’t feel that I should include profanity in my writing, that it’s not professional. Let’s clarify this shall we?
I agree that the over use of profanity can damper the message that is trying to be conveyed, although I’m nowhere near a professional yet, I find profanity can be used as a tool to set the tone of the conversation while capturing the humanity of the interview or the article I am writing. Can you imagine a world without colorful language or a tone of voice?, sounds boring and something you would see on an old black and white propaganda films. It’s impossible to censor anyone in this day and age and why should we be so quick to censor? If we feel the need to add color to our language then it should be expressed freely.
I know, for myself, when I write, I like to capture each moment of excitement, joy, sadness, anger, frustration, happiness or attitude of the conversation to add to the scenery of the topic.
I believe creating a portrait with only text is achievable with enough detail and attention. If I find the use of profanity can capture the heat of the moment, I will not be reluctant to include it in any article
I like providing the opportunity of an uncensored platform for myself and artist to speak their mind and talk about what excites them and their passion which allows the reader to be apart of the conversation and seeing the person at their most comfortable.
If you take anything away from this piece, I hope it’s the fact that you as the reader, individually, shouldn’t be afraid to express yourself and vocalize what you want in life!
The one thing you have to remember, it’s your life, no one else’s. Convey yourself and your passion in any manner of your choosing. Opportunity isn’t going to find you, you have to find the opportunity.
So go ahead, swear a little, drink that fourth beer, talk to that pretty girl you’ve been too scared to talk to and simply enjoy who you are and be proud of what you’re accomplishing in life.
I’m going to end this article with a quote that I found to be profound.
“When the whole world tells you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world” — “No, YOU move.”
The Modern Typewriter