And I remember this interview being a turning-point for me. You see, it's always the exceedingly simple things that rattle my brains and club me upside the head with epiphanies. I'm never boggled by the complex things; usually my little mind embraces those without flinching. But the simple ones? No, the simple ones tend to leave me dizzy for days. And this was one such.
The essence of the interview was this: don't be afraid of the weird things that make you you. And don't be afraid to saturate your writing with them. Because it is that side of yourself, those oddities which truly make you unique, that will set your writing apart.
Now, some people are naturally more weird than others. And that's just fine. But whatever level of quirk you have inside you, don't be afraid to let it show. Because, as it turns out, the world doesn't really want normal. The world wants weird, and the world wants you.
Take this quote (a new favorite of mine), and post it by your writing desk:
"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness." -Allen Ginsberg
And then cross-stitch this one on a pillow, and sleep on it every night:
EMBRACE YOUR INNER WEIRD.
You tell me: do you let yourself into the things you write naturally? Or is it a struggle for you sometimes? What methods do you use to turn off that critical inner editor and allow your true weird self to shine through in your writing?