On Being a Writer
Language fascinates me – how one word in a paragraph of words can shift meaning, infuse power, can evoke emotions from somewhere below consciousness. How some phrases stay with you – you carry them like small jewels sewn into the lining of your coat. You treasure their presence, the small reassurances they offer, the way they never fail to astonish you with their beauty.
I’ve been a nurse for 30 years and a writer as long as I can remember. Though for many years I would not call myself a writer. Being a writer seemed like something only someone specially gifted could aspire to. I know now that is not true. Writing is a skill and it can be learned. Like any skill, you get better at it with practice. Though few of us will reach the level of Shakespeare or Dickinson, we can become a good writer – a skilled craftsperson. I’ll never compete in the Olympics, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t strap on a pair of skis and head down the mountain.
This blog is a way of sharing what I’ve learned and what I love about writing. If you have never written for publication, I hope it will give you the confidence and tools to start. If you’re already writing, I hope it will inspire you to move forward, to try and take your writing to the next level. To just keep on writing.
Writing well is hard work. This blog can serve as a coach. We all need a coach now and then to spur us on, past what we think we’re capable of. To push us when we just want to say the heck with it and go relax with a cold drink and a good book. But just think – someday that book someone is reaching for could be yours!