Writing | “A Writer Writes, But…”

A Writer Writes, But…

©2022 by Vernon Miles Kerr and VernonMilesKerr.com

A writer writes, but a writer has to have something helpful to say. And, even then, people won’t listen unless they’re entertained in the process. Most people won’t. A writer’s body of work must be coherent. Mine isn’t. It’s a mélange, a potpourri of the random thoughts of a perpetually wandering mind — a mind that ranges the Universe collecting trivia, like one of those hard-rubber “Ace” hair combs when held over tiny scraps of paper. My old friend, former critical-writing professor and mentor, Manfred Wolf, says, “It’s time you wrote a book.”

I scan my GoogleDrive, and my own voluminous blog (VernonMilesKerr.com) trying to find a coherent thread, something that could be tied together with a thesis and thus result in a book that’s both helpful and entertaining.
I guess, one recurring theme is the negative impact of religion (generally) on the human story. With a sub-theme of how do you emancipate humans from the deeply inculcated, youthful brain-washing that nearly all of us get? How do you make such a serious and explosively sensitive subject — entertaining? A novel? What genre? Or just a big, long rambling look at the history of religions and their negative effect upon history — along with commentary. Nah, that would only help the scholarly. — UNLESS, you made it something like a Monty Python flick. Hmmmm…Am I onto something?
In my opinion, “Religion,” per se, wouldn’t be half-bad if people wouldn’t take it so seriously—AND if they’d keep it in the privacy of their own homes. What do y’all think?

2 thoughts on “Writing | “A Writer Writes, But…”

  1. That’s such an important point you bring up. Sure, a writer writes, and yes, mostly it’s for themselves, but when a final product is created, it should also be done so with an audience in mind. It’s a balance I try to find with my own writing too. I don’t have advice for you, but I just thought I’d drop this thought!


    1. Thanks for your comment. I agree. Ironically we (at leas I) belittle “commercialism” as opposed to true “art.” But even true art needs to be communicated so that SOMEONE will pick it up and read it. 🙂 Otherwise what’s the use?


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