By the way, faithful readers, or newish dabblers - this is my 500th post! Yeehaw... -
I think of my mum, or a teacher, leaning forward, one hand raised, a finger pointing at my chest,
"I don't much like your attitude, young lady!" the stern voice says. Or, another day, a similar adult force in my life intoning sweetly, "If you keep a cheerful disposish, keep to the sunny side, tra lah lah, tra lah lah..."
Attitude, what is it? And how does it impact my life as an artist, a writer? What is the correct attitude for a writer to have? Today, I have an answer for you. It might be a different one tomorrow but today I believe that the correct attitude for a writer to have, or any artist in any medium, is one of fierce belief in the work. Be prepared to work hard but support that hard work with a positive but fierce attitude of protection to what is important. Not you, not the audience, or readers, or publishers, or gallery owners, or bums in seats, but to the work.
Friday Challenge - in keeping with the A to Zed challenge, the Friday Challenge is for you to plumb the depths of your own attitude or even that of your current protagonist. What is their attitude? What does the word mean? Take a look at the definitions below and do a free-fall with your own attitude or that of your current protagonist (if you are a writer). The free fall could start with this statement:
'Some people think I should change my attitude, as if it were a pair of smelly socks, but I...."
Here is what the Merriam-Webster Dictionary says:
1: the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure : posture
2: a position assumed for a specific purpose
What is your attitude toward your work, your creativity, your life?
And in honour of my mum, who died 19 years ago today - a photo of her and my lovely goofy dad - this is possibly the only photo of him wearing a bow tie. Isn't she looking at him with a dear look? I've missed her every day for 19 years and now my dad for two months. Dang, love has a heavy price tag...