Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Everyone is a Writer

You are a writer, whether you know it or not.

§ If you’ve never pulled up a blank screen up on your computer and just rambled, you may not know it. If that’s the case, believe it or not, the writer in you is ready to emerge.

§ If you know you can write, but your audience is limited to your hard drive or desk drawer, this is your chance to reach out and touch a real reader.

§ And, if you get paid for writing, but you feel stuck, now is the time to get unstuck, take a risk, and move to the next level.

The key is simply to WRITE!

W is for Write!
If you’re not writing, you’ll never test your talent or your potential ... you’ll never know how good you could be ... and one will ever read your words Say it out loud, or write it down. “I am a writer!” Remember, the intention gives birth to the act.

R is for take a risk.
Being a writer is risky business, benign, as it may seem. It takes a lot of courage to put your work out there for others to read and judge.

I is for ignite your passion.
Whatever you’re wild about is your passion. Passion is a spark that refuses to be extinguished.

T is for try everything.
— every kind of writing, every possible subject, every experience. If it’s new to you, so much the better. Try a new genre every week.

E is for experience life.
What does that mean to you? It means wake up! Stop sleepwalking, and open your eyes. As a writer, you can’t afford to miss what’s going on around you or inside you. You have to pay attention to everything.

My challenge to you is this:
Take some time every day to view the world attentively, to be completely aware of what is going on in your internal and external universes.

For one minute or one hour a day, totally and completely experience life.

To write is exhilarating, liberating, creative, cathartic, and calming. It will amaze you and stretch you. It will put you in touch with aspects of yourself you never knew existed and ideas and insights you never dreamed were there for the taking.

I hope you will take three ideas away with you today.

1. Everyone is a writer, and now you know that very much includes you.
2. Wherever you are in your writer’s life, this is the moment to risk moving to the next level.
3. The tools to help you make that move are embodied in this powerful little word:

W is for write.
R is for risk
I is for ignite your passion
T is for try everything
E is for experience life

These are the keys to the Writing Life!