Easy as A, B, C . . . from BB
In the fiction/non-fiction class I teach in the Canyons School District, I often have students sign up, then tell me they don’t know whether they are writers or not. We all feel a little like that from time to time. But look at what some “real” inventors/writers/thinkers have said:
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford
So, if you “think you can,” just try it. Here’s some more advice:
“True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome.” ~ Walter Anderson
But this comment of Anderson’s illustrates one of the main things “real” writers DO: put as many adversities in our protagonist’s way as possible, then figure out a way for him/her to “win” anyway! There are some cautions, as you grapple with the “how to” for your protagonist, as the next quote points out:
“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” ~ Tom Clancy
If you want to write, you work at it. You figure out the “sense” in what you are proposing. You can learn to be a writer. Who said you couldn’t? And who said you couldn’t be a success at it?
“There is only one success . . . to be able to spend your life in your own way and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.” ~ Christopher Morley
Although I spotted this next quote by P.J. Meyer, I’ve personally heard Dave Wolverton, well-known Utah writer and writers’ Guru, say almost exactly the same words:
“Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
So don’t simply quit . . . do what you want to do. In other words, JUST DO IT! JUST WRITE! Or learn to knit. Or go sky diving. Or learn French. Or move to a quiet seaside town. THIS is your life—OWN IT!
Have questions about writing (grammar, punctuation, getting published, etc.)? Brenda Bensch, M.A., a teacher of multiple decades’ experience in Utah’s university/high school/community ed. classrooms (English, fiction/non-fiction writing, study skills, drama, humanities, debate, etc.), invites you to “Ask The Teacher” at http://BenschWensch.wordpress.com
See you day-after-tomorrow for Tuesday’s Tutor