IT’S TELEVISION TUESDAY
With Grant Faukner
It’s NaNoWriMo 2016, are you in? Tell me in the comments!
WELCOME TO THE WRITING TRAIN FOLKS!
Get in. It’s time for a ride. I’m glad you could join us.
This is a very historical moment ladies and gents, for it’s the first post of many to come. I’m hoping to keep the ink wet with words flowing smoothly from the heart to the page. But this blog isn’t just about me. It’s you and I intertwined as part of the writing community. Awesome right? Writers are the most intriguing people on Earth. Hands down and second to none. That means your awesome.
Question. What if the whole world was in your hands? What would you do with it? If you could feel the breadth, width of the entire earth in the grip of your palm?
As writers we may have many fears that ultimately slaughter our dreams of being successful. Maybe it’s the grim reaper, the killer of dreams. But okay, so let’s not blame the grim reaper for now. How about us? We’re our own worst critic. Doubt. Fear. Dismay. There’s seems to be an invisible tape recorder playing nonstop in the background. And boy, do we know that tune. We fall for it every time. Hook, line, and sinker. “You’ll never make it, you’re simply not good enough. You’ll never be a writer”. Or I suppose it could be a fierce zombie crazed energizer bunny, running around demonizing all the would be authors. Is that what we really fear? Is success that scary?
Well, I’m no different than the next. Fears abound. But hey, let’s turn the tables on ol’ grim. Embrace the fear, gaze sternly back in it’s fickle eye and welcome him with open arms. In other words, it’s an opportunity to learn something. It’s called writing. I’m discovering that writing is largely a learning process. A marvelous lifelong learning marathon versus an all out weekend sprint. A craft that can be learned with training, practice, hiccups, coffee and mistakes. Yup. Mistakes. Lots of them. How else can one learn anything? I’m certain that no bestselling author hasn’t taken this road. It’s a long rugged road. How far will you go? Don’t travel alone and definitely don’t quit. It’s a long way back. Join the train instead.
I’m all in. How about you?
The world is in your hands, open your eyes and make it yours. Why not give it a story?
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Well, until the next time…
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