For those of you who’ve checked me out on the Internet and elsewhere, I’m not only a free-lance writer and published author (of four books, with more on the way), but also an artist, photographer, and filmmaker (a hint to everyone to actually check out, respectively, my Pictures Shop website and YouTube channel – not to mention my own Author Page on Amazon.com’s website). Which brings me to the focus of this blog article: Why do I write?
I don’t know if anyone has ever asked me that question – but I’m sure that those encountering other writers and authors have done that. Many years ago, when someone asked author Ray Bradbury why he wrote science fiction stories for a living, he answered: “There’s nothing else to write!” Of course, Bradbury, like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells had other reasons for writing science-fiction, including advancing and improving the genre itself – just as Faulkner, Dumas, Dickens, and other famed storytellers had their own reasons for choosing the profession that they’re still associated with, and whose contributions to literature (and to an equal degree, movies, TV, etc.) have outlasted even the fads and follies which have, for the most part, already faded into history (unless visual footage of them is constantly shown on YouTube, that is).
For yours truly, the writing bug bit me when I was a boy – with comic books, literature, animated cartoons, film, theater and TV fueling my creative imagination, and inspiring me to seek my own place in my chosen profession, by creating stories which would entertain audiences, while setting new standards in creativity and quality that would become benchmarks for the next generation of writers, authors, and filmmakers to live up to (and even surpass). It’s true of all storytellers, both then and now (and tomorrow), who owe their success in part to the times which they belong to.
Those writing in not only literature, but also film, TV, and theater also owe their success to those who paved the way centuries ago, before modern technology changed our world – with past history playing a role in their success, as was the case with Aesop. Alan Alda and Rod Serling – both great writers in their own right – remain two of the greatest influences on my creative career, as I strongly stressed in one of my first YouTube videos a few years ago. There have been other important influences which have played key roles in shaping my various professions – including two legendary comedy teams who did as much to shape the comedy of the 20th Century: Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, and Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster. Both comedy teams knew, as do many comedians and comedy writers (both past and present), that dialogue was and remains an important component in comedy (not to mention serious drama). Of course, the visual aspect of films, TV, and theater is also important, as long as it doesn’t totally defeat the overall purpose of any story – namely, to entertain and enrich all audiences, a fact realized by Ford, Capra, Hitchcock, De Mille, etc., during their years working in Hollywood. It also helps to understand human nature and its effects on everyone – with William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet a great example of showing human nature at its best and worst, with the play’s lead characters’ love for each other not only stifled, but eventually doomed by their families’ hatred towards each other. Likewise, the best comic books and comic strips – including those featuring super-heroes – also give us a glimpse into the human condition, depending on the genre, while adding substance and intelligence to the plot and visual aspects of the stories without overwhelming both the creative talents working on them and the loyal readers.
Originality – as well as exploring new aspects of familiar plots – is also essential to great stories. If done properly and creatively, such stories will be applauded by critics and journalists who respect quality, and embraced by the general public. Of course, seeking to move forward in terms of originality, innovation, and quality when crafting any story isn’t easy – with the results sometimes less than perfect, a fact acknowledged by even the greatest of storytellers, including Shakespeare himself.
Finally, no matter what (honest) profession you choose – including writing – you have to love what you’re doing, as well as living up to (and exceeding) the standards associated with your career, while producing a body of work which you hope will outlast your natural-born life, and which’ll inspire others to follow in your footsteps. Knowing that, it may be the greatest – and most satisfying reward, as well as the best kind of immortality, that anyone – including the best writers and authors – can hope to attain.
John Lavernoich is the author of four books (including not only the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels, but also his most recent, Beyond The Unknown), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:
Official website: http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com
CHAMELEONS, INC. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com
PICTURES SHOP website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com
FACEBOOK page: http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name
MYSPACE page: http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich
TWITTER page: http://twitter.com/JLav65
LINKEDIN profile page: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237
WORDPRESS blog page: https://johnlav.wordpress.com
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GOOGLE page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112156704805608509171/posts
LULU BOOKS & HIGHROAD BOOKS page: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad
AMAZON STUDIOS page: http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488
HUBPAGES profile page: http://johnlavernoich.hubpages.com/
FINE ART AMERICA page: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/john-lavernoich.html
AMAZON.COM author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/john.lavernoich
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