*This article was written by our friend Jeff Tollefson.
First, title your piece something mundane, something plain that the reader will not necessarily grab right away. Next, start writing in a “different than expected” manner. Doing this is the key to reclaiming their attention. They will be swept away by your ideas, your mastery of written diction: that any mundane-ness first perceived will give way to your heavy current of life-altering literature. New life, over-pouring springs of knowledge and descriptive language will overtake any moment of abstraction or unreality and open the doors to the now, to the extreme potential, to the foundational elements of true living. The reader will cry, they will weep in exasperation, in sorrow and in joy. From here on the world will be revealed to the reader’s unscathed eyes. Pure visional motivation will flood communities causing seas of people, after reading your piece, to begin to truly perform. People will stand. People will raise their fist, proclaim the truth and give their bodies to the fate of all men, realizing the impenetrability of their soul’s mind. Death will seem vain, near but beneath the power of a newly found intellect. The mind will scream into motion. The body will follow the mind and in turn reflect the holism of the soul. The people will be unified in body and mind, soul and spirit, in the common good and the individual pride. Your lowly, humble manuscript will alter the course of history. You will take the paths of mankind to a new evolution. The soul will have been defined, solved even. The questions of fate and of choice will be base knowledge. The terms of education will begin with the ontological questions you have answered. Your work in literature will become the new bible. The words of Christ, Moses, Paul, Einstein, Bart, Neitchze, even my own words written here will become obsolete for all time. Your writing will usher in a new age of enlightenment, even a new age of being. Yes, people will question whether the genetic makeup of the human body can change due to a metamorphosis of mind and of soul. And yes, you will have done it. Your proclamation of existential truth will crush death, re-constructing the essence of life. Time as a meaning will fade. Terms of measurement will fade. Communication as we know it will fade. Perfection is at hand. Questions of relativity, being and time will all be answered. Existence will take its new form at the touch of your fingertips.
It is here, now and never ending.
So, I don’t think I have the right to persuade you to take up your pen. After all, you will do these things spoken. But should it be any consolation, I am well looking forward to this new era you will institute with the use of your pen. I would suggest posting it online somewhere. Or make copies of it and mail them or post them around town. It is inevitable that people will catch on to your literature. People don’t really read the newspaper anymore, well some do, so you can try that, but it might be hard to post. I suppose if you had some money you might be able to take out an ad, but usually it is expensive to buy advertisement space for more than just a day, and for something this important you’ll need more than one day. You could try Craigslist, you never know who will walk in on the message boards. Either way, I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Just make sure it gets out there, this way or that. Oh, maybe paint on your car and wear a sign? Hmm. Its been done before by lesser men, you might be confused for one of them. Well, you’ll call your friends first, then maybe after they can call their friends and so forth. Maybe then it will spread across the county, nation and globe as its bound to one way or another anyhow….
Don’t let this small proclamation problem distract you from your motivation to write. Remember, truth, even what is above truth will undoubtedly find its way. Your future piece could be considered bigger than you even; it will make its own course in history, no need to worry about the Internet or flyers etc. Except, if you wanted to get the message out really quick you could write a song about it. Everyone loves music; they will involuntarily listen to music before doing anything deliberate. Of course you might have to dress up and get a band. Sometimes people just want to see what you have to offer. T-shirts, makeup and awesome tattoos wouldn’t hurt either. These things will only take your message further. Cigarettes and rock will bring your manuscript to new places faster than simple age-old word of mouth.
Remember there isn’t much time. Human history can’t wait to be changed. Here’s my number, give me a call when your finished 343-3451.
*this article was featured on October 6, 2007