#AtoZChallenge: N is for “Normal”



Since the beginning of this month, I have been writing what I hope the good folks on Twitter would accept as “tiny little poems”. I know I am not, and most likely will never be, a “proper” poet, but it does not stop me creating my little poems. It is purely for pleasure that I write them.

This evening I was writing a little love poem. (I do not know why I enjoy writing love poems — most of the time the words just come out as expressions of love found and/or lost.) I had a good time at the start… then, by the time the poem was finished, I realised it had turned into a horror poem, with the last sentence being a clear nod at the renowned Swedish horror author John Ajvide Lindqvist. I could not help but laugh — my moon had turned and revealed its dark side… again.

Having read all of Stephen King’s books has more or less affected my writing style. He, as well as many other writers, have explored the concept of what is “normal” not only in writing but also in all aspects of human life. What should a “normal” writer write? What are the “normal” literary themes explored by writers worldwide? Will readers still enjoy your writing, if you start writing something you do not “normally” do?

A common advice faced by writers is “write what you know”. While to know is to do good research, it is precisely because we are interested in something that we want to know more about it. Then, you may ask, why do some writers enjoy writing “dark” stories such as horror and true crime? Violence and murder, blood and gore — why are these writers not put off by that “abnormal” side of humanity? Surely subjects such as monsters, ghosts and evil spirits are not as “normal” as ordinary individuals aspiring to extraordinary ideals such as faith, love, courage, peace and hope?

I think you know the answer as clearly as I do. Without darkness as a contrast, we cannot see the light. Try not to limit yourself within the “normal” literary boundaries. Do not cave in to people’s “normal” expectations of you. Choose what you love, and love what you have chosen. Write what you want to write — only when you have recognised your writing as an ordinary part of yourself can you dare to break down the boundaries and create something extraordinary.

(P.S. For my little horror poem, please see tomorrow’s post.)


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ghostmmnc
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 00:40:55

    I don’t know if there is a blueprint for normal to follow. Everyone’s normal is different, I suppose. I am drawn to the dark side of things, most of the time, because it is interesting, yet I’m all about peace and love and happiness. Guess we all have both sides that make up our personalities. Thanks for a great post! Visiting from A 2 Z …happy blogging! 🙂


  2. Christine Sun
    Apr 19, 2015 @ 22:22:10

    Many thanks for your kind words, ghostmmnc. I am also about peace and love and happiness. I guess this is why people, and I too, find it strange that I am attracted/addicted to the darkest side of humanity. The problem, however, is that once people think you are into horror, they start to point out anything and everything that is remotely relevant to horror to you. They seem to forget that like normal, everyone’s horror is different…


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