To the Young Writer…

Your words, your writing, it’s important. For many, writing is just a transaction, you write to communicate, to engage; but it’s so much more than that. Think of the sacred texts, the Bible, the Torah etc. Words that still have impacts on people years after they were written. Think of the hieroglyphics written by ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago, words that have stood the test of time. The human condition longs to not only communicate but to also be understood, to leave a mark, to have an impact on planet Earth.

I struggled for a while, to see the importance of being a writer. You know when that’s you, when you’ve been journaling and reading, even as a kid; it’s just an itch that you have to scratch. But a lot of times, society and in our own minds, we downplay the importance of our work, like since we aren’t landing on the moon or curing cancer, than we aren’t all that “impactful”. But listen to what I realized, while driving to work one peaceful winter morning.

The written word  has the ability to evoke change into a life, to reach through and pierce the human soul.

Your  words can create life.  A speech can move a country toward peace or can conjure up war. It can move people to come together and forgive, or to divide. They aren’t meaningless but powerful weapons. I think of Martin Luther King Jr. and his “I Dream” speech and contrast with Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”. I think of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” or Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Books, speeches that created history, that were pivotal to our current condition.

Being able to convince, persuade, allure or inspire another human being, is a gift. It’s not something that a word processor can “spit out”, it’s a God-given talent. So hone that gift if it’s yours, because it’s important.

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