Writing About Nothing...not really!
by awordlover (Anne DiGeorge)
Jerry Seinfeld's TV Show
Jerry Seinfeld had no one topic or storyline in his TV show and he got away with creating a television series about "nothing."
He readily admits this in interviews he has done and in his nightclub act.
He got rich on it and was able to essentially retire on his earnings. He also admits that his "talent" is God-given to him and that it was up to him to use it to the best of his ability.
Don't we all wish we could create something and make enough money on it to retire? To have that one thought in your head to expand on and make something out of it. It does not have to be about writing. It can be an invention idea, a resource for a particular segment of the public to use, or even a talent, like singing or playing an instrument.
All of these things are God-given to us and it is up to us as to how we use them.
I Am A Writer
In another part of my life, I am a writer.
Writers are different from authors. Writers write and many times their work is a contribution to a larger work (magazines, newspapers or websites).
Writers write pieces and get paid (hopefully) per piece.
Authors write books and hope they sell so they get paid.
I make a fairly decent living from my writing and it is gratifying. I probably won't get rich on it or make enough to be able to retire. But it is a God-given talent, and sometimes I feel like it is wasting away.
It is something I enjoy doing, but I'm not talking about the caliber of Jerry Seinfeld here, but one can aspire!
I have noticed over the last ten years or so, that my brain doesn't work the way it always has in the past. It is clearly a sign that my Multiple Sclerosis is gradually affecting different body parts and is getting worse.
I didn't share this with many people until February of this year, but I also have a recurring benign brain tumor which is the result of experimental drug trial treatments for Multiple Sclerosis in the 1970s. The brain tumor was a side effect that was considered rare, if it ever happened, and wouldn't you know? I was the lucky recipient along with two other people in the drug trials.
Early on, it could take as long as five to seven years for the tumor to grow big enough to be surgically removed, but as I got older, the time between surgeries became shorter and shorter. Even though it is a benign tumor, it will most likely kill me because of where it is located. All of the surgeries I've had have altered my vision and causes my Multiple Sclerosis to flare up.
Presently the tumor is larger than it ever was and I am no longer a good candidate for surgery. It is compromising the nerve centers in my brain that govern my vision, so that I have to use a program called Dragon Naturally Speaking which transcribes my words to the screen.
Otherwise I would have to type in all capital letters which is frowned upon on Hubpages. On Facebook, and in email correspondence, I have to use all capital letters to communicate because I just can't see the screen no matter how much I magnify it.
Before using Dragon, sometimes I typed out my thought and when I checked the screen, it said something different. A lot of times it was because my thought got ahead of my fingers. Other times it was because I was not paying attention to what I was "doing" while I was thinking it out.
For magazines and free lance work, I have had deadlines I had to follow and lately I am not able to come in on deadline.
Be it fatigue, lack of motivation, idea deprivation, distractions, or whatever - I am behind a lot.
I try to dedicate three hours a day to writing. Some days it is eight to ten hours, other days it is one to two hours. Depends on how well the thoughts are flowing.
- Jerry Seinfeld - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stand up comedian, producer, writer and actor
I find some days I am rather forgetful - it helps to light-heartedly refer to them as Alzheimer moments. My family calls them MS moments.
Anyway you look at it, I do forget. Often.
So, I do a lot of revisions.
My writing day starts with reading what I wrote the day before and revising it as needed. My ideas usually will spark from there and I will be able to continue writing.
Other days, my gazillion post-it notes steer the direction of my writing.
I have only had two lonnnnng dry spells in all my writing years. Once when I was ill after a brain tumor surgery which required going to a rehab and once after a hysterectomy.
Despite the depression of it all, it seriously takes a great deal of motivation and ideas to snap out of it.
Seinfeld got away with writing about nothing.
I can't afford that luxury.
My writing has to be on topic (if assigned to me) or be interesting enough to hold one's attention.
In the end, it has to be sale-able or it sits in the idea pile.
When I read about Seinfeld basing his show on "nothing-ness", that is when I created an idea pile for "nothing" and believe it or not, there are some great ideas in there.
I just need to create a story around the nothingness.
It can be done.
Seinfeld proved it!
Do not copy this article. It is not free to take just because it is on the internet.
Written June 2005, Anne DiGeorge
Published on HubPages 2011
updated 9/1/2014 by Rachael O'Halloran - to correct links for photo attribution, to replace pixelated Copyscape logos
© 2011 awordlover