Author of Middle Grade novels about friendship, family, and figuring out where you fit in.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Well, That's Different...

Different. I like that word.

Not everybody does. To some people, "different" means that something's wrong.

For example, maybe you're supposed to look like everyone else (say the magazines), own the latest and greatest gadgets (say the commercials), and follow a traditional, conventional life path in your adulthood (says society). Since I do none of these things in my example (haha), that means I'm different -- the negative kind of different.

But I see it as a positive. I love the freedom that comes with nonconformity. Don't like something? Don't do it. Like something else? Do that instead. Granted, not every situation gives us a choice, but when we are able to make choices, I stand by this statement: Do what you want to do, even if it's the unpopular choice. (Within reason, of course!)

My writing is different, too. And not in the special snowflake, better-than-everyone-else kind of way. It's just that I write from the heart, regardless of what the current trend is. Since each writer is unique, "writing from the heart" yields different results from writer to writer. So, in a sense, we're all "different." (Unless you're trying to completely emulate a specific author, but I advise against this. You can find your own style!) Does this make each of us wrong? I don't think so at all! In fact, it's just the opposite.

In what ways are you different? Do you think positively or negatively about being different?


Jemi Fraser said...

Great post! I have a poster in my room of a multi-coloured giraffe that says "I'm too fabulous to blend in"
I like different too - probably because in many ways I was different from the rest of my family but they always let me be me :)

Tiana Smith said...

I like your attitude! If you like something do it, if not, do something else. I think it took me a while to be okay with that and be okay with what other people thought of me for it.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I've always been seen as different, a nonconformist in so many ways. Not that I tried to be, it just worked out that way when I did what felt right for me. Funny, I posted about this same topic recently.

Cherie Reich said...

I like having the latest and greatest gadgets, but I'm definitely different in many ways (looks, society, etc.). The differences are what make us unique and unique is good. :)

Anne Gallagher said...

I've always been different-- a non-conformist. I also write from the heart and that to me is the only way to write. So keep on keeping on girl. You're doing what you need to do.

Tyrean Martinson said...

We're all unique. It's kind of something that binds us together in an odd way, I think - we're unique and we can all understand what it likes to feel "different" whether we make the choice to try and fit in or we make the choice to stand out. I celebrate being different, too. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

That's what you have to do. If you write from the heart, YOU become the trend setter!

Kelly Steel said...

Yes, something different is always good. Its way better than the ordinary and mundane everyday!

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Julie Dao said...

In a world like this (and an industry like publishing), standing out is key. Being different is what causes change and encourages people to think outside of the box!

Shelley Sly said...

Hey everyone, sorry I didn't get around to responding to comments this time. I had some health issues that popped up suddenly, so I wasn't all that active in the blogging world for a while. But I read and appreciate every comment! Thanks for stopping by!

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