by Annette Lyon
Last time I talked about how there are so many aspiring writers out there and how only those few with the inner fire will make it.
As a follow-up, I feel like I need to explain my general writing philosophy.
One commenter said in part:
Everyone should be encouraged to write. It's never a waste of time--even if all they do is write little stories for their children, or blog or letters to missionaries.
I couldn't agree more. But since my two opinions seem to conflict, today I'll clarify my stance.
Writers who think it would be "neat" to publish a book most likely won't get there. That's why I say it's a waste of time to encourage and mentor these folks. They're traveling a path they don't have any intention of seeing the end of (especially when--not if--it takes major ups and down to reach that end).
What's the point of that?
That's what last week's post was about.
What I also believe is that writing as a process should always be encouraged. There is power to putting words together and expressing one's innermost thoughts and feelings.
In a very real way, writing can be a powerful form of meditation and prayer.
Writing can free the mind and heart and even act as a type of therapy, a catharsis.
Writing helps you learn what you really think and really feel about a topic, a situation, an event, or even a person.
Writing out a personal problem can help you solve it.
And writing can do much more.
I believe everyone on the planet should be this kind of writer. Everyone could benefit from the simple act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and making something out of nothing, of putting their souls into words and expressing themselves if this amazing medium.
This need to communicate, this power of writing, I believe, is the reason behind the huge boom in blogging and the increasing number of blogs every single day. Anyone can write and have a readership. It's revolutionary.
People want to write. They want to be heard. They want to express themselves.
And they should do all of those things, whether they are one of the few with the fire of publication inside them . . . or whether they are not.
Because everyone should write. This world might be a happier place if there were more people writing things out, regardless of whether it ever gets published.