[The Story] Becoming a Writer

You can become a professional in any field… if you put in the work. There’s nothing glamorous here: you must develop the mental fortitude, discipline, necessary character traits, and endure through hardships to become qualified. Through college, you should be able to better yourself enough to get ‘the job’ on your own. No freebies! In “The Story,” John [left] and Trishna [right] have career aspirations. The “College Arc” explores their paths of developing career/life disciplines.

Spoilers?: Minor (studying character/life development)

The University of Eville will be a mostly-idealized idyllic college.

For context, my compulsory education was mostly terrible, but college was really a time for my own personal growth and development. I met people that were non-judgemental, friendly, and doing their own thing. If my life’s perspective centered around middle school and high school, then my life would be a series of agonies and sufferings.

Don’t worry, I’ll dispell that rage in the “Adolescence Arc.”

The “College Arc,” then, content-wise will begin as they start college and conclude upon their graduations. Context-wise, however, this arc (or series of hundreds of short stories) will introduce them as two naïve characters, unsure of themselves and their place in the world, and conclude with more traits of self-assuredness and self-confidence.

Perhaps… You’ve gotta have the rough outlines before you start.

I talk about wanting to become a writer frequently because, as I sit here at 4:40 a.m. with about six hours of sleep, I once saw my career trajectory and realized it’d be a hard life keeping my head above the stress waters for an acceptable salary. Why not gamble two or three hours a day for the potential of a better life? I did more of that for my college education.

If only I hadn’t squandered my college years playing videogames.

Instead, if I had practiced talking to more people, getting outside of my shell, and learning about more things, I could be an even better person today. When I think about “if onlys,” I should remember that compared to where I was in high school, I became much better after graduating. A “0 to 1,” when I’m at “10” now, wishing to be “100.”

That means I should continue developing my skillset.

Not just practicing writing daily, or the tolerance toward social or editorial rejections, but the sort of endurance that comes from pressing on to achieve your dreams. In On Writing, Stephen King talks about impaling his rejection letters, and I can’t help but imagine that helped build a fortitude against rude criticism or tension over failure.

We want to blame others for our failures.

If I graduate as an English major, shouldn’t there be a job waiting just for me? Why would I need to do any additional work? Sure, colleges should do a better job of “forcing us” to become cognizant of the need to become tolerant of constant job hunting, just as they “force us” to study material that can help us become career professionals.

Is that college teaching or life experience?

Quotes: None.
Sources: The Story’s Imaginarium.
Inspirations: Anime Editorial: Content Vs Context
Related: Essays building “The Story.”
Photo: I had a different idea in my head for this photo, but I’m trying to be a writer, not a photographer. That said, Hunter S. Thompson was probably the most inspirational toward my writing style, with cadence, grace, and malice, Thompson used writing as a weapon.
Written On: August 14th [1 hour]
Last Edited: September 15th [15 minutes]
My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.