"Who is Mel Ciavucco and why on Earth does she have a website?" I hear you cry.
I'm the one in the picture who keeps forgetting to water the plant in the background.
So, what am I all about?
I'm a writer of short stories, novels and screenplays, trying to write my way one word at a time into a competitive, soul-crushing industry.
I ask myself that question rather a lot. You see, there would be much easier ways of making a living, but I write because I have to. Because if I don't, my imagination will melt out of my ears and I'll crumble to the ground and get down-trodden into the grey-scale of our modern society.
I write because I feel like it's what I was born to do. Not in an 'I'm awesome' way, but in a 'there's so many words in my head and they have to come out' sort of way.
That's probably a cliché. Sorry. One of the first things I learnt about writing was 'don't use cliché's.'
But I also learnt that you have to learn the rules before you can break them.
What do I write about?
Usually either comedy or gritty drama. One extreme to the other!
I usually have a point I want to demonstrate when I start writing something. I think about the idea and which form it will be best suited to (short story, screenplay etc) and then I'll explore character ideas. I like writing anything which challenges social norms or takes a satirical look at society.
What do I actually want?
What most writers want - to be published. For people to read my stuff and take something away from it. To make people ponder their lives or the world. And to make a bit a money out of it would be nice.
A lot of people want to be writers, so it's a hard dream to have, but we just have to keep going. Our world will always need writers and artists. Creative people are good for our society. Being creative is good for yourself.
I learn something through everything I write, it's how I process my world.
I feel like we should end on an inspirational quote, but all I've got is Frank N Furter.
As that wise sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania once said,
"Don't dream it, be it."
© Mel Ciavucco 2015/2016