By Julie Keith
“Anyone who says they have only one life to lead must not know how to read a book” – Author Unknown
As much as I love this quote, I would change one part. I would alter it to say, “Anyone who says they have only one life to lead must not know how to write a book.”
Writing is among the joys of life. As a writer you can imagine, create and share your vision with the world. Horizons can be expanded. New views and new ways of seeing the world can be explored. But first, let me qualify what I mean by the term writing:
To write, to put words on paper in a meaningful manner is an art. True, great writing requires an understanding of language and all of its finer, more delightful and evocative uses. Writing is not just the transference of thoughts into words. It is in the choice of which words are used, which words hold the power of emotion you wish to express, which words will stir something in the reader’s mind.
To write is to express, to convey, to incite or to entertain. If your writing accomplishes none of those things then it is not true writing. It is nothing more than words on paper as easily dismissed as a paper thrown in the trash. If it succeeds in expression, conveyance, incitation or entertainment then you are indeed a writer.
As a writer you get to live more than one life. Your thoughts, your creations, your characters can go wherever you lead them. You can explore new worlds, new realms and new dimensions. You can possess all the powers of the universe or none at all. You are free to live as much as you want in as many ways as you can dream possible as many times as you please.