Before I officially became an author I used to write little stories and store them inside a shoebox. And even though they were absolute crap I held on to them because I knew one day I’d get the courage to build them into something more. The moment I actually knew what I wanted to do was while leafing through a magazine and I saw this article about writing. It featured authors William Cosby, Kurt Vonnegut and Erika Jong entitled: The Power of The Printed Word. These three best selling authors were asked about how difficult is it to come up with material for their books? And even though each had a different story to tell, they all agreed on one thing, there’s power in the printed word. It can make you feel a whole gambit of emotions from happy to mad in zero point three seconds. And that stuck with me until this day. They also addressed the creativity aspect of it also and how simply writing is hard and oftentimes words don’t come easy. There are sleepless nights, thoughts and ideas running around in our heads some good and some junk. But I will tell you this, I’d never trade one minute of what I do for anything in the world.
I once interviewed an author about her work and something she said resonated with me. Even if she never sold another book she’d still write because there were still stories to tell and things needing to be said. And I like that because I feel the exact same way. It doesn’t matter if I get a three star review or even a five star, I’ve still got a lot to say and I’m going to say it! Recently the question was asked, why do you write? And I said because of the power of the printed word, and that’s true. The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
There’s a saying I like that states ‘I think new writers are too worried that it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you.’ Writers have an amazing super power, they create portals out of mere words and when you step through you’re visiting a world that exists in someone’s mind. So if you’re reading this and you have a story simmering inside you, I say go ahead and let it out because someone needs to read what you’ve got to say. Until next time, where love resides-Temari