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For me and my fellow Americans, today is the day we celebrate the success of our forefathers' rebellion against England. Many Americans do this by eating and drinking too much and then trying to blow stuff up. It is good to be American!
While I can definitely get on board with some good food and friends, which I did this past Saturday, today I plan to celebrate by doing what I strive to do every other day of the year: write.
I'm lucky I live in a country where I have the freedom to write whatever I want and with a little persistence, even find a place to publish it. Or I can just publish it myself.
All that aside though, the mere act of writing is true independence for me. Writing gives us the freedom to do absolutely anything we want. We can travel to worlds that don't even exist, have conversations with people who have been dead for centuries. . . we can even get away with murder! And there are no rules for writing! None whatsoever! Sure, we can talk about "rules for writing", but when it comes right down to it, breaking those rules often leads to innovative and fascinating work.
I picked up a literary magazine last night at a local bookstore. The lit mag is called Artiface and while I'd heard of it before via Duotrope Digest, this was the first time I'd seen a print copy for sale. I bought it, and then proceeded to entertain my sweetie by reading stories aloud to him while we waited for the bus home. It was full of very short fiction and prose poems that often made no sense to me, but yet the lyrical quality and whimsical nature of the writing made it fascinating to me. Here was a group of writers who broke all the rules that I normally try to follow and were being celebrated together in one lovely little book. Reading their work inspired me to take advantage of my literary freedom and break a few of the rules. I plan to spend part of my Independence Day challenging myself to write something as lyrical and whimsical as the stories I read in Artiface. And that is just one example of why being a writer is true freedom.
Happy Independence Day and Happy Writing!
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