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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: Words on a Canvas Are Your Masterpiece
By Diane Johnson
01/16/07


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It is early morning and the study is hushed and its quietness is comforting and inviting. It draws the author in just as the room draws the morning sun in through the white sheers of the open window.

The author enters in very quietly, revering and respecting this study he calls his sanctuary. He pulls out his chair, his hand smoothing over the worn brown, cracked leather. Only after this ritual does he then sit down reveling in the squeaky sound that the faithful old leather makes.

The desktop is as the author left it; everything is in its rightful place. He enjoys this moment of serenity before taking up his task; that which is his primary purpose for entering the study. Finally he is ready.

The pen lay prone on the desk. The small stack of writing paper lay blank next to it. With a slightly shaking hand, the author picks up his friend and begins to write his story.

At once thoughts begin to burst forth in his imagination. His hand begins to ski rapidly across the paper with words, almost like Someone Else is doing the writing. He can barely keep up. Amazingly, it is like he himself is waiting to hear how HIS story enfolds. He marvels at this phenomenon.

The experience is exhilarating while the writing lasts! But just as soon as the writing ceases, doubt enters in to spoil everything. The author pauses to conjure up his nerve to read what he has just written, and for some reason he begins to stumble over his words. He then begins to question himself. Is his story any good? More importantly, is his story good ENOUGH? And then he dares to ask himself the most important question does he have the GUTS to share his story?

It is then that the author hears a still small Voice speaking to him saying, I have given you a blank canvas to write your words upon. In its own right, it is your masterpiece. It is your story. It is yours to share. I give you this experience of writing as a gift, to write through your imagination through your life experiences through your dreams. It is given to you for not only your enjoyment, but also for Mine. Whether you share it with others, this is your decision. But remember, you wrote it, and so it is YOUR story. Never make any excuses for what you have written. The blank page is YOUR canvas and the words are YOUR masterpiece.

The author weighs his insecurities against that which he heard from the still small Voice. With pen still in shaky hand, he signs his name to his story and thus decides to brave it and to share it.


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