How The Ryan Writes, Part I: The Harangued Warrior

“Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives.”  — James Joyce

Voices In My Head

“You guys ever notice how burger joints in the fall always have that smell I finally discovered in my grandmother’s house to mow the grass, so I’ll catch up to fishing in the stream when I was a kid. But I digress…”  — Ryan Sanders

Inasmuch as The Ryan is composed of the many We, each of Us distinct in voice, temperament, action, tastes, each unique in composition yet united in the Whole, so is Our “process” when writing made up of many different habits, methods, techniques. As the occasion to do so arises, We will be sharing some insight into these processes from time to time. Perhaps in doing so, Our readers may come to know more about Us, but also We may come to understand more about one another and Ourselves.

Those Elite Few who keep a regular watch on Us mental patients might notice that things have been quiet for some time, up until today’s new post and various surprise updates. This is because We The Ryan have been embroiled in a bitter and costly internal war with Ourselves. Some might describe such a conflict as “procrastination” or “laziness.” However, for We, things are never so simple. And it’s all part of the process, from time to time.

This picture was unabashedly ripped from www.fromthewriteangle.com. When I steal, I have more time for writing...

This picture was unabashedly ripped from http://www.fromthewriteangle.com. When I steal, I have more time for writing…

We’ve been slowly and deliberately carrying out a staged insurgence on Ourselves to identify, target, and overcome those internal factions that would seek to undermine and assault the creative endeavors of The Ryan with campaigns of deceit, fear, disinformation, psychological torture, and disorder. Eventually, once all trace of sedition and insurrection has been eradicated, and the streets have run red with the blood of the nonbelievers, We can then use that blood as ink to pen a prosaic epilogue to the spoils of psychological warfare. Or something of the sort.

In any case, the process, as it played out today, looks something like this:

First, Our Esteemed Warrior must consume the lifesblood of Our slain enemies. This stage in the process is known as “Motivation”.

As you can see, Our motivation comes from a place of Love <3

As you can see, Our motivation comes from a place of Love ❤

Then, once properly motivated, We are able to write.

That's good keyboard, man...

That’s good keyboard, man…

All part of the process

Sound off in the comments about your own process, or whatever other thoughts fly into that pretty little head of yours!


© Ryan Scott Sanders and Dharma and Belligerence: Mad Rants from a Free-Range Buddhist Hooligan, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ryan Scott Sanders and Dharma and Belligerence: Mad Rants from a Free-Range Buddhist Hooligan with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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