Okay, let’s face it. Writing can perturb and unnerve anybody. The dreaded Dread Monster attacks us all — so many emotions, reservations a-plenty, procrastination, and so forth. Nobody seems immune except the happy-go-lucky. The answer? Write and the ideas will come, the words will congregate and the game will begin, to later finish. However, in the game of writing the author never loses.
In few endeavors are the rewards so plentiful. Writing for any length of time energizes the mind, builds self-esteem, teaches patience and understanding, imparts knowledge, investigates inner-self and elevates self-image. Writing is not about seeking acclaim. Writing is about discovery. It’s about bringing all the ball players together to reach an outcome. It’s not about selling tickets, hawking hot dogs and drinks, or rooting for one adversary over the other. Writing is about cooperation between one’s abilities. Strike-outs, tag-outs, injuries, disappointments and all the other addictions of competitive gaming never occur. In every attendance, words pass by, some hit, others not, ball plays happen, innings come and go and at some point the project completes.
Writing never adores one sentence over another, one idea over others, one project better than the rest. Writing is discovery.
And how much fun is that?