Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S., a time of reflection and spending time with family and friends—to give thanks for the ones we care about and the many blessings life has bestowed upon us.
Writers have a special reason to be thankful every single day.
Creative people, and writers especially, need to be thankful for the gifts and the internal drive prompting us to experience our inner passions, and then relating them through our art. Not everybody can do that.
Many people’s days are spent swimming against the current, just trying to make it to the beach. Monotony without passion. We writers have more.
When writers are asked why they write, many times the answer is simply, “I must.”
Something deep within us—call it the soul if so inclined—lives a yearning to share what breathes inside and is bursting to get out. We share our views by scribbling words on a page in the form of characters and storyline, saying and implying what we feel at the crux of what it is to be human. It is what we must do.
To show new viewpoints and vistas others may not see unless pointed out, the ability to share experiences, and at times even revelations, to have a reader stop and say to themselves “I didn’t think of that,” is one of the greatest of a writer’s gifts. To open new panoramas to people enclosed within their daily cubicles is a wonderful undertaking, and well worth the writer’s time to explore and extrapolate.
Be thankful you write: to live, learn, and share is a writer’s great bounty.
Writing helps explore ourselves and others, to find great truths beneath the surface of the every day. We must search for those truths, but they won’t always come easily.
Pain and hurt = growth. The hardest times in life bring the greatest lessons, and looking back, you know that to be true as well.
Whether you live in the U.S. or somewhere else, be thankful you are a writer; the world needs to see what you see, feel what you feel, and the best way is through your unique art.
See you on the next page,
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