Order & Chaos

Dear World

Please Kill Me,

Greetings and Happy Wednesday my tried and true tyrants of text. How are ya? Should the week be going according to plan, then the rockets are in place, and we will all soon be eating Mars burgers with Elon Musk, (#ExtraTeslaSauce).

Assuming that they don’t have the funding, it’s just another workday – which means it’s time for the latest round of jabber from your favorite sociopath. (#ThePenandTheFurious #BicDiesal).

Order & Chaos, (otherwise known as – the original Honeymooners- of course, with a bunch less spousal abuse #ToTheMoon #WeDidNothing).

So, I’m not sure if I’ve ever expressed this, but I quite enjoy writing chaotic pieces. Perhaps, not so much for the “anarchist” aspect of it, but more for the puppeteering mantle that we authors have the privilege of holding. (Between our sinister digits).

As a matter of fact, I think that it’s safe to say that most stories, (yes non-fiction too), have some level of chaos, or chaotic factor – which is ideally what should drive the catalyzation of the story, (albeit the chaos is usually relative to the stakes #HaveISaidChaosEnoughYet?).

However, I’d be lying if I told you that amongst the bomb’s a blazing, heart’s a breaking, balls to the wall crapfest that we create; there will always be a semblance of structure to it -on our end.

It’s not always entertaining to write, (or read, for that matter), constant and perpetual destruction. The order exists to set up the thing, who’s destruction will carry some sort of meaning or weight to the characters, (and those finicky readers). So, we must build on our own established order, and then administer the chaos to it, (through some sort of old timey enema #Ouch).

On a similar note, we can’t always have a story stagnated in structure or continuous litigation, save for some kind of legal manuscript; and let’s face it – most of us aren’t lawyers, (mainly because we have these pesky things called souls), so tales of that ilk may come off as boring or painfully monotonous, (#MikePence’sMarriage).

A balance must be struck.

Think of order and chaos, as a sort of literary yin and yang. You rarely find one without the other. There is no peace without a war, no up without a down, (no public stall without a filthy knob?), etc.

We need the dichotomy, to set up the stakes, then test them. We need the order to show us what can break, chaos to break it, and order again, (or however you want to pattern it.. #I’mNotYourArtTeacher).

*Give us a story with peaks and valleys. Let us know why they matter. Show us how they can be destroyed. Make us care.*

Remember, not to let these things restrict you too much – they exist to the extent that your story allows. Your job is to keep them balanced with one another.

Alright, folks, that’s about all the space on your screen that I feel like taking up today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more sentences that translate poorly to other languages.

Heave Through Hump Day,

-Antwan Crump.

 

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