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On Writing: Woe is Me

Alice Cooper wearing a t-shirt designed by ( cover artist ) Dirk Hays

I’ll never look at a published author the same again. Even through my first book, I have experienced a lot of highs a lows. Excitement, uncertainty, revisiting past processes, wondering if I am doing this all correctly. Feelings that critics should be taken with a grain of salt, especially if they are comparing you to legendary authors and also how they might or might not know anything about the process – oh how they have spoiled it for us all. While the previous sentence is the beginning thought, the ending thought is “it’s okay because it will just make me better”. This should make you question the teacher that tells you “always go with your first answer”. Still, whether it is discovering that you have a slightly misaligned cover or some how the drop caps mysteriously disappeared from all the first paragraphs in the print edition of your published work, there is something to be had. Something might bring you joy and a not-so-distant connection to a celebrity figure like Alice Cooper through your creative trade ( see image above ).

“nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed”

Antoine Lavoisier

I’m learning a lot of things about writing. Writing on this blog helps me. It’s for me first and then you. If you can get something out of it, then great. I don’t have enough knowledge yet to start sharing information in the form of whole articles. Maybe some day I will make some guides or write a book about writing.

I keep reminding myself that all-in-all we are simply here, in this reality, to be connected to each other and help each other. And at the end of the day just having that is good enough. As I write my second book, I am learning that during your first draft – just write. Don’t worry about mistakes or using adverbs, just put your mind on the page and let go.

With that being said, only about 10 minutes ago I was doubting myself that I could write without meditating first about what I was going to write, about what things would specifically be or how they would sound written on a page, but that is exactly what I am doing here. Just flowing. So cheers. Cheers to you. Cheers to delivery to your heart, mind and flesh – whatever it is that you wish for during this long weekend.

Ancient digital artwork by yours truly. -S.D. McKinley

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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