If wishes were horses

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“I always wanted to be a writer when I grew up.”

You said it once. You know you did. I did too. And now we’re all grown up. So, are you a writer?

If you said no, what stops you?

If you said yes, what stops you from being better?

I’m making a big leap here, but I’m assuming you’re reading this for one of two reasons:

  1. You don’t write, but you want to. And you’ve finally decided to stop talking about it and start doing it.
  2. You’re just not where you want to be with your writing. You know it needs something, but you’re not sure what.

I’m a writer, and it took me years to get up the nerve to call myself that.

I write for a living, but I’m not an author, and when most people think “writer” they think “book.”

Though I’ve been happily surprised to find myself either quoted, cited, or mentioned in a footnote in a handful of books, I’ve never written one. That’s because I’ve never sat down and done the hard work of starting at the beginning and writing all the way to the end.

That’s it. No excuses.

You’re probably in the same boat — or on the same horse.

We want to write. Not just anything, but something that’s meaningful, moving, and interesting enough for someone else — preferably a total stranger — to keep reading.

We’re going to write by getting out of our heads. Out of the negative self-talk that says we’re not good enough. By standing outside and looking around, we’re going to put ourselves into the write way of thinking, because writing isn’t about writing. It’s about seeing, understanding, and putting down what we see and understand in such a clear, straightforward, and powerful way that others see it and understand it that way too.

It’s not a magic trick. It’s writing, pure and simple. We just need to get our heads around it … and get off our wish horses. We aren’t beggars. We’re writers — or in the process of becoming writers.

That process is what this blog is about.

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