Today I have the words of another to share with you. Words I read recently and which stuck in my mind for a long time afterwards. Some of you will no doubt be familiar with them, but for others they may be new. But either way I hope you will take a moment to read them, think about and rejoice in their truth. Writing is often a lonely and thankless task. We spend hour upon hour bringing the characters and worlds that reside in our heads to life, pouring our heart and souls into every sentence, paragraph and page until we emerge victorious with our completed works. To get to this stage we should be justly proud. But perhaps the greatest and hardest task is what follows, the courage to reach out and share those words with others.
“Write every day,
line by line, page by page, hour by hour.
Do this despite fear.
For above all else,
beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure.
As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly.
Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”
Thanks as ever to Alex J. Cavanaugh
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