I am of the belief that there is a story within all of us. We just choose to tell it in different ways. Some discuss it with friends over a glass of wine; while some use it as a teaching tool; and others write it down and share it with the world.
In the age of eBook readers and quick and inexpensive publishing options, the latter is fast becoming the go-to move. Most industry insiders frown upon such writers as not real authors. The feeling is that if you or your work is not good enough for a traditional publishing house, then you are not a real writer. However, I think that what defines a writer has changed. Gone are the days of writers being the elite among us; those of distinction and class who are so massively intelligent that it is painfully intimidating to have a conversation with them. What we have today are people who just want to tell a story; now whether it’s a good story remains to be seen.
Writing is personal; it’s deep, it’s this feeling that comes over us and whispers in our ears that we have something to say and that our voice matters. Now the talent to write is a different story. We were all put on this earth to do something special, to thrive, and live in the truth of our creation. Most were not gifted with the talent for storytelling, but it does not mean that they don’t have a story to tell.
Those who were born to write come alive within the words. They have a flow and a comfort that allows every word to dance across the page and expand the imagination of the reader. That’s what makes storytelling an art. So yes, not everyone has that ability, but everyone does have a story. As a writer I will never be able to tell everyone’s story because I have not lived everyone’s life. I have only lived mine and can only tell that which I know; which sometimes can be not much or way too much info.
Those of us who appreciate literature understand that writing is the celebration of life. It awakens our consciousness making us believe the unbelievable, love the unlovable, and achieve the unachievable. We relish in good stories and respect those who tell it. Literature is our life, so I guess that’s why most industry insiders protect it so greatly to the point of unacceptance.
Perhaps I’m that way as well. I simply adore great literature no matter who writes it or how they publish it. But I sometimes find myself in utter disgust when I find myself reading a poorly written work or where it is obvious that the author did not take the time to perfect his/her craft. I am not one of the elite nor am I massively intellectual. Who am I? I am a girl who loves a great story!
So, can we all write? Absolutely, we all have a story to tell. Should we all write? No, not if we are not willing to learn the craft if we don’t already have the talent and vision.
Moral of my story: Tell your story the best way you know how, but never ever forget to live the truth of your own creation.