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On Dating Someone Who’s Not a Writer

Well some of you may notice that time to time on my twitter (follow me, I’m close to 1000 followers)

Bam! Bringing Romance to The Gray Pen

I tweet to my girlfriend, oh yes romance is not quite dead contrary to some of your views. Anna is amazing, beautiful, and very supportive of my writing endeavors, but she’s not a writer. Now I know what you’re saying- “ah no! You can’t romanticize outside of the literary population”- well maybe you’re not saying that at all, but there is a significant hurdle in discussing let alone dating someone who doesn’t share the same interests as you. While this may keep the relationship engaging, it may be a shock to some of you at first.

Here’s some of my advice and observations:

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Ah, Here we Go Again

Well now the rain is falling down quite steadily and the grays of the skies have painted a nice landscape over the water,

The Work space

I figure that it’s time to hop back on the wagon. No, not the alcohol wagging or something along those lines, but the blogging one. A lot has changed since the middle of the summer when I published the last post; a whole lot has been going on. While I never strayed from my writing I wrote some 10,000 words during a week march in Camp Nanowrimo, but of course, my luck is always a strange one. Upon hitting my 10,000 word mark after the first week of the online camp my laptop broke down. I almost lost everything on the hard drive though lucky for me I had a flash drive handy. Now I’m plugging away this blog post on a brand new HP M6 and even though it broke the bank account, it’s a fine piece of equipment.

This summer I’ve managed to earn myself a Freelance gig working for a steady client that always seems to have plenty of work for me to do. Now if you follow me on my twitter @damianrucci, you will know that this journey in itself to find a client that would offer work to a newbie that has no true professional experience was quite the endeavor, but oddly enough I found this gem of a client on Craigslist. And while I won’t drop the name I’ve banked close to $500 dollars over the last month or so doing this tedious article writing. Not bad- not going to quit my day job yet as the rest of the world has grown keen to informing me.

My work space is a massive black desk that I picked up last year for no true reason, well, the only reason was due to the fact that I smashed the last one into tiny little pieces, but perhaps that’s for another post. or a poem, or even a drunken conversation. This beauty is great and gives me plenty of room to type, edit, and all those other goodies (oh yes two oxford commas in two sentences. What would I do without them).  Next to me as I write is a calendar my lovely girlfriend bought me and above that is something I think Stephen King could recognize: a board full of rejection letters. Now I think I have about ten or eleven and I’m sure I have a couple more floating around in my email. These things get sweeter as the days go by, I’ve found.  I’ve even been lucky enough to receive several personal responses.

New inspiration swims through my veins and I’m prepared to take this writing game a step further. Last week I reread Stephen King’s On Writing and this time I feel I ingested most of its contents as the way it was supposed to be read. As my adolescence is coming to a close (three weeks until I turn 20), I am growing more and more secure in my thinking and feel as if I understand much more than I ever could.

Expect a lot more coming a long starting with tomorrow’s post. The time for me to grab this beast by the ears is now and finally after many years of trial and error I think I’ve found the correct path. Here we go again. With your support I think I can really do something with my writing. Wish me luck.

Thanks all,


Write What you Know

If you ask most writers the key to success they will say two things: read a lot and write a lot. Of course some will even argue that one must learn the skill, but their is a unanimous third requirement that few take into consideration: live life. That’s right live your life. Writing what you know not what you have heard is a great advantage in narration. For instance, when I write I like to have settings that are based on towns that I have been too. That way I can sketch a more realistic story and keep the reader entertained and not roadblocked with foolish mistakes.

Write what you know.

I understand that writing what you know may be strange when regarding fiction, and I’m not telling you to go slay a dragon and play with swords just to write a fantasy novel, but you can work around the premise of each topic. If the valiant knight which slays the dragon is also in love with the maiden who lives in the cottage down by the river then speak from your heart. If you have ever been in love than you know how to cultivate the feelings of a man to a woman (or a man to man for that matter) and illustrating the emotions to your readers will flow simply.

Neil Gaiman discusses this topic in wonderful detail in the following video. It is fairly old but each word holds just as true.

What do you think? Discuss below.

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