Cryptozoology and the Best Kind of Writing

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”  – Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Burns


The search for animals whose existence has not been proven due to the lack of evidence. The animals cryptozoologists  study are often referred to as cryptids. Bigfoot or the Chupacabra (a creature that attacks and drinks the blood of livestock, especially goats) are examples of cryptids.

When I was a pre-teen I was almost positive I would be the first person to find Bigfoot alive and bring it to scientists for study. I read one book after another to learn all I could about the creature. Then, when I was 14 I got an incredible opportunity to actually travel to the Pacific Northwest and camp out in Bigfoot territory of Northern California.

The night of my campout was one of the most exciting, yet nervous times of life. Everything was ready for the big capture. A plan was in place. The details were very simple, nothing difficult. The only problem is that three hours into the campout, something brushed by our tent and spooked both my friend and I. We ended our evening in the house under some bed sheets!

The best kind of writing is almost like trying to find Bigfoot…

It’s hard to come by!

The best kind of writing doesn’t make you think too hard about details, but at the same time causes you to think very hard. Its simplicity forces you to ponder the depth of the characters, the profoundness of an idea, the complexity of life.

And like cryptids, the best kind of writing is unusual.

It calls you to use all your senses for the sake of the story. It baffles the mind and stimulates the heart and soul. Sometimes it is rational and other times it is not. Yet, the story speaks to the deepest parts of your being. It whispers to you about what is right and true. The best kind of writing echoes – BOOM.

This kind of writing is, quite simply, the best. That is, it’s better than good.

The best kind of writing takes time and patience. It requires even more effort on the reader’s part to digest and apply. But it’s worth it in the end.

The result? The reader has to share it. They are telling friends on Facebook about it. They try to quote parts of it on Twitter. They are wanting everyone to read it.

So, here’s the obvious warning: Not all writing can be the best.

But, in my opinion, the best kind of writing is the only kind of writing worth exploring. Finding Bigfoot is probably a little more difficult.

In your opinion, what’s the best kind of writing?

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