Monday, September 5, 2011
Writers come in all ages, shapes, sizes, national origins, races, genders. What makes a writer? The posh answer would have something to do with education, literary skill, artistic capacity, blah, blah, blah. Bottom line: writing is what you make it.
I’m not a mechanical writer. There are people who advise writing every day. Eh, well, if you can that’s great, but if you can’t, there’s no need to panic or worse, give up your dreams of writing. I recommend reading every day. I write often and usually by some delightful, painful or melancholic inspiration. But, I digress.
I have said for some time now, and still believe wholeheartedly that every person who can should write at least one book in their lifetime. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. You may not know or even care to know about grammar, spelling, syntax and the like, but you do have a story within. Your story may be funny, fanciful, frightening or even a little frugal, but it’s yours. What is your story? Perhaps your life is mundane or maybe you don’t think you’ve lived long enough to have a story but I beg your pardon. We all have something to say.
Where would we be if not for writers? How wonderful is it for a loved one to write something on a napkin and leave it in a drawer or their jacket pocket? Better yet, how extrodinary is it when we find a note writtin on the margins of a page in the middle of a book stuffed in the corner of an obscure bookshelf? And when we find it, when we hold our gaze on that little taste of priviledge, we have a chance to peer into the crevices of their mind if only for a moment. Just the thought of it makes me sigh with joy.
My mother is in her early sixties. I have been encouraging her to write about her life for herself, as a gift of the legacy she created and for the many people who love her. Recently we had a conversation about a blood transfusion she received when she was born. Before that I had no idea she’d had to endure so much as a newborn baby. We talk every day, sometimes several times a day and I didn’t know anything about a surgery that could have resulted in tragedy. I went and bought her a family album and a book on writing memoirs right away!
You have a story within the confines of your mind with the potential to encourage, enlighten and evince. I recommend you give it the boot. That’s right. I said give it the boot and kick it out of your head! There are people waiting to hear your story. The question now, is will you write it?