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The Gift of Writing

Guest Blogger
Brandon Richards

Recently, I was reminded that the ability to write well is a gift to be used and nurtured as if it were a seed. This reminder sent my thoughts into a time machine of sorts and I reminisced on my greatest pleasures and accomplishments as a child. They include memories such as: reading every book I could get my hands on like the dictionary, books on Latin (the unspoken language) novels, articles, etc. I scored perfect marks on English standardized tests, wrote papers at the last minute with ease (even if it wasn’t my best work, it was still the best that my teachers and professors had seen.) I was reading on a college level in middle school and excelled in every AP English course. The list could go on and on. Since you are reading this, I am certain that you have had a very similar experience.

For the majority of my life I did not consider writing to be a gift. I just assumed that everyone could write well. After all, most people were taught (insert your native language) in school. There were already millions of blogs, books, and articles in circulation. As far as I was concerned, anyone could write, so how could this be a gift? That’s when the providence of thought kicked in. I realized that my initial conclusion was absolutely correct. Everyone “can” write, but most cannot write well. Therein lies the gift! Anyone can play basketball, solve a math problem, drive a car, or sing a tune. Can they do it well though? Are they gifted?

Food for thought: If the pen is mightier than the sword, then how mighty must the keyboard be?

Writing is both an art and a science. As a writer, we are taking intangible thoughts and translating them into something that can be understood by others (potentially millions/billions). This is powerful beyond measure!

There is almost no area in our society that writing doesn’t play a pivotal role. It is the words of a writer that a President reads when giving some of histories most powerful speeches. Books like The Art of War, Republic, I’Ching, The Wealth of Nations, Communist Manifesto, The Bible, Etc. would not be possible without gifted writers. Television, Movies, and Music are all the finished products of writers. Gifted writers can move millions of people to love or hate, start war or pursue peace, build or destroy. This gift is more than a gift. It is a responsibility. Writers create, influence, and dictate history. We are the gatekeepers of the soul, the translators of the unseen.

Use this gift. Nurture your talent. AND WRITE LIKE HELL.
Go change the world.

“If not us then who? If not now, then when?”
– JFK

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11 thoughts on “The Gift of Writing

  1. mimispeike says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I know what my relatives are getting for Christmas – a copy of the Rabbit Hole. Will it be on Amazon? Maybe we can chose a day to order, all order at once, and bump it up. Will that work?

    I’ve got my brother, my sister, a cousin in upstate New York, a college friend outside Seattle, me, of course, a niece, who else? I’m sure I can think of a few more people. My Christmas shopping is sol-ved!

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  2. Perry Palin says:

    The mechanics of writing is something that can be learned, though for some it is more easily learned than for others. I learned the mechanics and it helped when I had a day job. In addition to other tasks I was asked to write job descriptions, labor contracts, policies, procedure manuals, legal pleadings, investigative reports, responses to interrogatories, promotional materials, and more. I was asked to edit the work of others. For this I was paid a good wage.

    Our elder son surprised me when he said he was a professional writer. He explained that he had to write persuasive research project plans so they were adopted by the company, and he had to write accurate and coherent final project reports, or he wouldn’t have a job and the scientists, doctors, and technicians he worked with wouldn’t have jobs. Now I’m proud to know him as a professional writer.

    Then there’s the creative side where we fiction writers put a story into words while persuading our readers of its authenticity. Not everyone can do it. An old friend, a librarian, told me that she has worked with books all her life, she reads avidly and constantly, and doesn’t have a story in her and wouldn’t know where to start or how to tell it if she had one.

    Writers, some of them anyway, do have influence in our culture. It’s a shame that only a few of the story tellers are valued highly enough to earn a living from their words.

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  3. mimispeike says:

    The other thing I’m doing (should have begun twenty years ago, when I started there) is, at the compositor I work for, I’m paying attention to publisher edits on manuscripts, and seeing the differences in opinion between editor and author. This is play for me also. I’m playing on the job.

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  4. mimispeike says:

    I think we know early if we can write. (Hint: you have first to be an enthusiastic reader.) It’s a big leap from A’s in English class to best-seller. Most of us are going to have our hearts broken, so we’d better have fun at the doing. I have no sympathy for anyone who feels sorry for himself. Keep at it, until you drop dead. That’s my plan.

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