Life as Research

You hear a lot that good and successful writers write. I wholeheartedly believe this. You can’t be considered anything if you’re not doing it. I mean, obviously runners run [1], singers sing, ergo writers write.

But I really feel that writers also have to participate in life. They can’t just be writers, they need to be explorers and adventurers. Your imagination is a great tool but it really needs something to springboard off of–and that’s where real life comes into play.

This is why I think having a social life is so important. The age of anti-social writers, grinding away at their manuscripts whilst locked away in ill lit rooms, is coming to a close.[2]

So last night, when given the opportunity to go shooting with a group of singles from my church, I jumped at the chance. For one, I love shooting, even though I’m really quite average at it, and two, I’ve been world building a post-apocalyptic scenario in which guns play an important role. [3] Also, these were my friends, my buddies, and my veritble gang, of course I wanted to hang out with them and shoot pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

It had been awhile since my last trip down to the range and since I live near a military base, I was guaranteed to not only see some cool guns, but get to shoot them as well.

I think, at this point, I should also mention that I’m only 5’4″ on a good day. I think there was only one other girl there my height. The rest were at least three inches taller then me. And don’t get me started on the boys. I go to church with giants. However, since I have a reputation of Being That Girl With a Zombie Pike [4], my enthusiasm for handling weapons bigger than myself, was not unexpected. [5]

What was unexpected, at least for my friends [6] realized that if I shot something, they had to shoot it too. After all, Gwynne is Small and Mighty (seriously, I giggled maniacally when someone said this to me), but she can’t show us up! It was really fun.

I came away on a shooting high, (I get really talkative and giddy after shooting. And loud [7]), wanting to go back soon, and wishing I had taken notes on the smells, inconveniences, and specialty equipment people use at the shooting range. Even still, my mind and imagination were full and I’m ready to do what writers do. [8]


[1] Runners also do Hard Things. True Story.
[2] And if it’s not, it should be. Being able to use social graces should be just as important has writing about them in books.
[3] Fire power is always important in a Post-Apocalyptic Scenario. I don’t care if it’s Zombies, Aliens, or other Bad People, having superior fire power solves a multitude of problems.
[4] I hosted a book club meeting at my home. We were reading C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. And discussing Zombies. Yes, my life is that awesome.
[5] The pike is a good two feet taller than me.
[6] Those who were taller than me anyway.
[7] Don’t forget loud.
[8] Write. In case you forgot.

6 Responses to "Life as Research"

  • Zombies make everything awesome.

    1 Kyle Meeks said this (June 9, 2011 at 11:55) Reply

    • Yes. Yes they do.

      2 Gwynne said this (June 9, 2011 at 12:30) Reply

  • You continue to be awesome. That is all.

    3 Erin said this (June 9, 2011 at 11:56) Reply

    • *preens*

      4 Gwynne said this (June 9, 2011 at 12:30) Reply

  • “This is why I think having a social life is so important. The age of anti-social writers, grinding away at their manuscripts whilst locked away in ill lit rooms, is coming to a close.[2]”

    This. Don’t get me started on the Romantic perception of artist as misunderstood, socially inept, often promiscuous genius. It triggers my rant mode.

    Also, being short gives you more places to hide when that is the order of business. It also makes you less of a target to hit. Short people unite!

    5 emeeks said this (June 9, 2011 at 12:07) Reply

    • I believe I completely agree with you. Real artists work hard, work with people, and their genius can only be realized in the theatre of the human experience! I think we could have a fun rant session together, spiraling up towards awesomeness >.>

      I really don’t mind being short…people let down their guard around us. It just makes us that much more amazing :D

      6 Gwynne said this (June 9, 2011 at 12:30) Reply

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