5 ways writing is like dressing up for Halloween

October 31, 2012 |  by  |  Live life fully  |  , ,

 

Boo! It’s time for all things orange and black: happy Halloween is back!

I can’t help but go all out when it comes to dressing up, and above you see my costumes in the past five years (left to right: Pippi Longstocking, Buttercup/Princess Bride, Wilma Flintstone, Chiquita Banana, and a Christmas troll…apparently I like spraying my hair red!)

The creative energy that motivates my yearly thrift store costume hunt is intertwined with my love for writing. Here are five reasons why writing is like dressing up for Halloween:

1. You’re out for all to see. I’ve mentioned before in my comparison of rodeo riders and writers, we word wranglers like attention. Getting published lets your words be seen by a widespread audience, just like rocking out the Pippi hair at a dance party.

2. You walk in another’s shoes. If you’re writing fiction, this is especially true. You think through the characters, what they look like, how they react, feel, dream, and think. You create them from the ground up: shiny shoes to the spiky hair. You bring them to life.

3. You go for the win. With gobs of writing contests and publication possibilities out there, it’s a never-ending quest to come out on top. Those who go all out on Halloween have better shots at winning costume contests – and yes, my Chiquita Banana won me a gift card!

4. You play. From the time we’re kids, dressing up is the ultimate “pretends.” The same with writers and words – when we get into the flow, it’s pure play.

5. You trick or treat. Busting out word puns and plays on words may just be the writer’s trickery. Then again, a sentence sweetly crafted can be tastier than any Tootsie pop or Kit Kat.

Happy Halloween, friends! What/who are you dressed up as today?


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