This blog was put on vacation for a while. I had a landing page up that simply pointed to other websites I own. This site was meant to be a central online hub for me, but I had no idea what that meant. When it came to writing, I was constantly pounding my head against a wall. I could never decide what to do, until now…
When I began reading Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes, a cloud was lifted. I am now officially addicted to her writing style, this book, and the commitment of forever perfecting my own skill. Now I know what I’ll write about — Anything and absolutely everything. This site is not for you (the reader) it’s for me, and my commitment to practicing the art of writing.
Ann had me with this quote…
“In our world, many hold a notion that the ability to write, or write well, is a gift bestowed on a chosen few. Writing well is considered a kind of art, linked murkily to muse and mysticism. That leaves us thinking there are two kinds of people: the writing haves—and the hapless, for whom writing well is a hopeless struggle, like trying to carve marble with a butter knife.”
Excerpt From: Handley, Ann. “Everybody Writes.”
Growing up, I never ever considered myself capable of writing or even understanding the elements of a sentence. I’m sure I still butcher the construction of most sentences. But this self imposed boundary only created a lazy excuse to not even try.
Being told (through a book) that you can write, because everybody writes, was so simple yet earth shattering. There’s no writing emperor dictating who’s a writer and who’s not. There’s no writing police, that will throw me in prison for misspelling or poor grammar. This is the internet and at it’s core is the freedom to do anything because there are no boundaries. What could be a more perfect place to discover my writing-self then on this blog?
To you Ann, I thank you for opening my eyes and pushing me to take the first step into writing freedom.