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Okay, back we are.

When I last left you, I was encouraging those of us on this site who are afraid to embrace their potential to be fearless artists. To encourage that again, I will dedicate this section to reminding the populace to pay special attention to their writing's message. Again, another example from Rent will help this section along.

"To going against the grain, going insane, going mad."---Mark, "La Vie Boheme."

I have told the users on this site numerous times how my famous story ends. It ends as a dream in someone's head. With that said, here is another test to see how many of my readers are good writers. If you decide to read my story anyway, despite the fact that you know how it ends, then you are a very good amateur writer. If you do not decide to only because of the fact that you now know the ending, then you need to re-evaluate your decision to become a writer.

The message is the most important thing in a piece of writing. Why do think people write? Everybody sees everything a different. If you worry the way your story looks, then you're never going to be a good writer. Look at paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. Then compare them to works like that of Picasso, or Andy Warhol, or van Gogh. Some of you may say that compared to da Vinci, Picasso is unconventional. I suppose some reviewers would then come along and say that there is no convention to painting. And that's the truth. There is no convention to painting, there is no "right" way to paint a picture. Every painting in history is all about perception; it's how the painter perceives something. How you see a starry, peaceful night is going to effect how you would paint one. Maybe you would paint the moon to be bright, like a beacon of some sort; maybe the stars will be smiling for some reason; but nonetheless, it will be how you view a peaceful night. Others will view it differently. There is no wrong way to paint a picture because every picture has its own message. A good deals of stories all end with the words "The End". Does that mean they're all the same?

Let me put it this way(suspend any disbelief you may have for a minute here). Let's say a person that you deeply loved went on a journey for a long time; if they sent you a letter, would you read it or would you throw it away because you decided you didn't like the stamp he/she used to postmark it?

Writing is like painting---there is no "convention." Let's say that I told two writers to write about a peaceful, starry night. I guarantee you I would get back two completely different papers, and if the writers were truthful in their writing, then I also guarantee you that I would enjoy reading both, because both would have a different message even though they're talking about the same thing. If one is truthful to their writing, as in they write on the page what they feel, then the result will always be good. If you like yourself, other people will like you. If you like you're writing, other people will like your writing. too.

So go against the grain, don't follow "convention." That is something that unconfident writers make up to scare others. As I have said before, fear can motivate people to do unimaginable things just to taste some power.

My story ends as a dream, as many stories in history have. But there is a reason behind that, and a message that is not the same as the other stories. If you simply look at it, then you will never know what it is.

Sincerely and whole-heartedly,

Raptor 7435

P.S. I ask a lot of questions in this part. The reason behind that is that I am trying to stimulate thinking; self evaluation. Intelligence isn't measured by how much you know, but by how much you're willing to learn. I will always consider myself a student of the world. There's always something new to learn but in order to learn it, you have to ask first.