The BIG secret

Did you know there are a ton of sites out there in the Interweb that are all about writing? And who am I who has the temerity to actually think about starting another one? There are lists of do’s and don’ts, how-tos, and just about anything that you can think of. Some sites are really good and resonate with a lot of people, John Scalzi’s Whatever and Patricia C. Wrede’s Blog are two that immediately come to mind. They aren’t always just about writing. That is the beauty of life, writing and the fluid nature of the Interweb. But there is one thing that I have noticed about all sites about writing. I bet if you sit and think about it for a minute, you’ll come to the same conclusion that I have. They all have one major key to success. There isn’t any great big huge secret out there that will make you a good writer. There isn’t a trick or a tip that will make it all just suddenly happen. The big, huge, absolutely enormous secret to writing? WRITE.

Some sites say write what you know. Some say write from the heart. Some say write to make people think. Getting the picture here? To be a writer . . . Write.

Do I have anything more to say than the next person? Probably not. There are a lot of people out there that are much smarter than I am. They know a lot more about some things that I would have ever believed possible. As people we all have value, talent and something unique that makes us who we are. The thing that makes some people go out there and do things, take risks, make mistakes, and by golly, keep growing as people is what makes them interesting. All this to say, if you want to be a writer, then BE a writer. You know what to do. Now do it.

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