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And You Say You Want to Write
Now, I gotta say that’s a good thing, but can you write?
Does it matter what you write?
Does it matter if you may never get a Pulitzer prize?
These are all good questions, but let’s take a look at what this is all about.
First, it doesn’t matter if you are a great writer or not. Don’t let the highbrow scribbler or word slinger brow beat you into setting aside your pen or your keyboard. It’s yours to do and yours to enjoy. It’s like any other art form. It takes practice and it takes a willingness to learn and hone your skills.
Second, Does it matter what you write? Of course it matters, but what matters is that you write about something that YOU enjoy, not that ink slinger that considers himself hot stuff because he’s “an author.” Truth is, the minute that you put the point of that pen on a piece of paper or tickle the first key on your keyboard, YOU are a writer. Maybe you haven’t scaled the heights of perfection, but that’s where it begins. So, whether you want to write poetry or movie scripts, westerns or romances, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you turn on the switch and go to work.
Third, does it make a difference if you never get published or join the ranks of the Pulitzer Prize winners? Of course it matters. Anyone who puts a moments effort into any endeavor has within their molecular structure at least a modicum of desire to excell. That’s what this is all about; that desire to excell. The truth is that no one is likely to come along and turn on that switch or put a pen in your hand and ask you to write unless you have an established reputation that you can write. But whether you get published or not, put it down. What you write may someday become a small piece in the great jigsaw puzzle of history, and that’s important ’cause that’s what history is all about!