I started this website to have a place for my writing. Well, that, and most of the stuff on social media is recycled drivel that kills brain cells. I wanted to do something more original and contribute a few words of my own.
My writing journey started when I was much younger. I wrote poetry in high school. I still have those poems, and I’ve started to rework some of them and post them here. After high school, I didn’t write much. In fact, I took a break for 15+ years. But, in August 2018, I started keeping a journal and writing short stories. In January 2019, I made up my mind that I wanted to be a writer. I started writing articles and expanded into unknown territories. I’ve written more than 300,000 words since August 2018. That’s more than I wrote in the first 35 years of my life.
Today, I have many writing projects keeping me busy. I like to journal, as well as write poetry, short stories, and articles. I’ve also started a new blog series on my site called “Local Unknown.” Somewhere in all of that I’ve also started writing my first book. Now If I could just learn to finish a writing project.
Writing is a rewarding hobby (borderline obsession) that I want to turn into a career. I’m still finding my voice, my words – so to speak. It’s coming together. I try to push myself out of my comfort zone and grow – as a writer, a person, and a man.
I write for me. I don’t do it for the likes, comments, or followers on social media – I do it for me. Sure, those niceties make you feel warm and fuzzy, but I don’t think a writer should expect, or thrive on, instant gratification. I write things that I would want to read. I’m getting better about sharing my writings. The website tends to self-perpetuate that. Am I the best writer in the world? No way. But I try my best. I’m my own worst critic and biggest fan.
Some of my creative writing is dark or irreverent. I’d like to think of it as darkly beautiful. Some of the best words often come from ripping off the filter and writing what you really want to say.
My long-term goal is to become a full-time professional writer. (I’m still trying to define what that means!) I’ve discovered that there is nothing else I want to do as a career, so that motivates me to make this crazy dream a reality.
I’m proud of my website. The content, the way it looks, and most importantly, the fact that it exists. The easy route would be to keep writing in the shadows and not share anything – or to not write anything at all. The harder, more rewarding option, is to put yourself out there and try to make a small impact on the world. I’d rather try and fail than not try at all.
“Write one word at a time. Write often. Write like no one is reading.”
Jason is 37 years old and lives in Arlington, Texas, with his wife, Jennifer, and their three cats – Cavender, Merry, and Milo. He enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, hockey, and documentaries.
(last updated 09-22-20)