The Greatest Gift.

 

A book!? You may be thinking to yourself, “I can think of a hundred other things that I would rather have than a dumb old book.” Quite honestly, I can’t. Tomorrow, I will turn 18 years old. The book pictured below was actually an early birthday present from my girlfriend of a year, Tracy. I mean sure, at 18 years old, there’s a lot of things I could possibly wish to receive. College paid for, a new car, good scores on Advanced Placement college tests, etc. While all of those things would make excellent gifts, I’m not holding my breath.

As a writer, one of the biggest things I struggle with is figuring out exactly what I want to write about. It happens to everyone sooner or later! If you’re a writer or blogger who doesn’t suffer from “Writer’s Block”, I’m extremely jealous. The problem isn’t that we aren’t creative enough to write (I promise you, everyone is), but instead, it’s that we are constantly functioning under a massive sensory overload. Every time I sit down to write, I start at the same place: what message do I want to send? What kind of tone do I want to take on? Will I have enough to say? Coincidentally, this often winds up being the same point where I end. Why? Because as soon as we pull out our pens and notebooks, we are swamped–by life.

Life is beautiful. Whether or not we like to admit it all the time, life is one big magical roller coaster. It’s a thrill ride, sending us screaming down drops and shooting around curves at breakneck pace. Choosing one split-second moment from that ride to describe? Good luck, kid. This is where the book comes in. Giving yourself a prompt can be difficult, but extremely helpful. It gives you something to look for on the ride, so you aren’t just sitting there obnoxiously screaming and holding back tears (you know exactly the type of person I’m talking about, and to be honest it’s probably me). Previously, I shared my goal to write for a half hour each day. With this book, I’ll be able to hold myself accountable and focus more on what I’m really trying to say.

Accountability?

Inspiration?

Writer’s Block relief?

I can’t think of a better birthday gift!

-ZCS

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Six Words.

In a creative writing class that I took early on, we spent a majority of our sessions discussing the best ways to effectively choose words. We use words so frequently that we often forget how strong they are, how potent they can be. For this reason, I’ve always enjoyed six word stories. Simply put, a six word story is, well, six words. Each story is unique and quirky, where the author uses a maximum of six words. Six word stories are unique in the sense that they leave a majority of the work for the audience. However, for these stories to work, each word must be chosen purposefully to create a vivid image. Periodically, I intend to post six word stories like the ones below to hold myself accountable to this page. Enjoy!

His plane crashed, her life ended.

Open windows, closed eyes, shattered heart.

-ZCS

Hello.

This isn’t a blog where I write about my life story. I’m not going to vent about my problems or post cute pictures of rabbits with things balanced on their heads. That’s not who I am. I’ve had a passion for reading and writing from a very young age, and it’s something that I’ve grown to treasure more and more as I’ve moved through high school. There’s something magical about the written word, something that up until this year I couldn’t quite put a finger on. But this year–my last year of high school–I’ve realized that it’s quite simple: writing has purpose. This idea of purpose, of objective and intent, is what leads me to my title. I am an extrovert. Each day thousands of words pour out of my mouth without purpose or meaning, sometimes trailing off into nothingness when they aren’t met with the reaction I desire. These words express nothing, mean nothing, and most importantly accomplish nothing. All of the works published on this page are not my words–they are my innermost thoughts and creative process. Here, written for all to read and (hopefully) enjoy, they will have purpose. Welcome to The Inner Thoughts of an Extrovert, a collection of works by Zach C. Smith.