Stan Lee and The Gift of Imagination

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Today, Stan Lee would’ve been 97 years old.

I had the privilege of seeing Stan Lee 20 feet away when I was hanging out in my school library. It was 2012 during the annual Savannah Film Festival.

Lee was lively as ever, headed towards a conference room for a private interview. My mind was racing: “Oh my God, I saw Stan Lee! Oh my God, that’s Stan Lee! Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!”

I knew Lee was coming to Savannah, but I didn’t expect to see him so soon, so close. Of course, I saw him later in a packed panel.

It was a blessing to have seen him in person. I thought I never would except for his movie cameos.

“Stan Lee at a panel during the 2012 Savannah Film Festival” (taken by author)

Stan Lee reminds writers how far you can go with your imagination. He didn’t stop writing at obituaries and military training scripts, but until he landed his dream writing comic books with Timely Comics (now Marvel). Since then, he has never stopped.

We writers tend to stop short if things don’t go as fast as planned. We expect our first screenplay to become a box office hit. Our first blog post should have a million views the following day after publishing it.

Writing magic doesn’t happen in an instance; It’s a long-term project.

Things will turn our better as long as you keep using your imagination. We are born with this gift. Lee used his gift to create Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and turn the Hulk green.

If Lee didn’t actively use his vision, we wouldn’t have his stories, his memorable characters, the movies, or the TV shows. Thank goodness, he made the right decision.

Are you tired of people saying you can’t make a living writing and get a “real” job? I know I am.

Stick to your writing path. Lee did.

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges and going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” — Stan Lee

Stan Lee may have left this world, but he forever remains in our hearts. Cheesy as this sounds, but it’s true. I miss him sometimes. He was my lovable, white nerdy grandpa.

Remember, you have this wonderful gift as a writer: your imagination. It’s endless and vast as the universe. And it’s all yours.

Keep writing.

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