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A successful real estate trainer, Floyd Wickman, once said that "Why" is
the single most powerful question to ask before beginning any endeavor.
Because it is the single most powerful driving force behind anything we do.
Because when the going gets tough, the tough will keep going. Knowing why
we write can make the difference between quitting on a successful career
in writing or not.
Some people write to be heard, some to express, some to impress.
I personally write to express. But then there are elements of the other
two reasons thrown into the mix at different times depending on my mood,
circumstance and subject. As with real life, who I am talking to, my
passion to express a point or points, and who I want to make an impression
on or with are all part of that blend. Writing is not a deviation from
reality; as with any good fiction or non-fiction piece, it is an affirmation
of the real world we live in.
So, why write?
In his book, "First Things First", Stephen Covey writes that two of the most
important keystones for peace are "contribution and conscience" . Another way
to put it, he writes, might be described as "leaving a legacy". In my opinion,
having something to say from one's own experience to leave behind is an
exceptionally powerful motivating force. Covey dedicated his book to his
grandchildren. What more of a motivating force could there be than that?
There actually is a higher and loftier reason.
Someone once told me, "Soon this life will be past; only what is done for
Christ will last." Doesn't it make sense that the one finished work done
on the planet that affects the entire Universe, the entire scope of history…
even the very essence of life, should be a key motivation to write?
So why write?
For all the reasons above and more.
Here's to all the unwritten words waiting on the sidelines of your life for
you to express.
Here's to all the perspective only you can write about.
Here's to the interpretation of the Christian experience only you can write
As Virelle Kidder, author and speaker, once taught, "How do you know God
didn't call you write? He's might have something for you to say…."
Because if you don't, you won't.
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