Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Want of writers? Perhaps, not.

My initial thoughts in starting this page was to create a digital portfolio of my work. That hasn't happened. So instead, I'm going to start posting and see how it evolves.

I am a writer. Despite degrees that tell me so, this is a difficult statement for me to make. I am nowhere near being a writer if you look at Shakespeare, Harper Lee or even my own mother. But I'm beginning to think that everyone is a writer these days (doesn't everyone you know have a blog or myspace page?) - and no one else is shy about it.

Throughout my studies my peers scoffed when they heard I was studying English. "I hate writing," they'd say. But it's the one skill that everyone uses daily, assuming they read and write something every day. That's why I love it. It's so necessary to life. Communicating our needs is so inherent to who we are - think about it, a baby doesn't have to learn to cry to tell her mother when she needs to be fed or changed, she just lets out a roar.

I also chose to study English, because I believe the act of telling stories is important. Especially recording the lives of others (hence the quotes found on the blog).

In the past month, I've been to two readings by people who never studied writing, but each have written and self published books that have become fairly successful. One is a book of fiction, The Shack by Paul Young, and the other nonfiction, Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard. I have not yet read either book, but I plan to and I'll let you know what I think when I do. In the meantime, I'm going to at least try to be a little less shy about my chosen field, write a little more and maybe let out a roar every now and then.

If you are looking for some good reads, I will recommend some writers who have mastered the art: Michael Morris in fiction, Jeannette Walls in nonfiction, and a great commentary book that's sure to make you think Where's Your Jesus Now by Karen Spears Zacharias.

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