|Posted by Miranda La Belle on January 24, 2013 at 2:10 AM|
I often am asked about my books and writing. People regard me as if I have done something as daring as climb Mt. Everest. "That's amazing! I have always wanted to write a book, but I can't." is often what I hear back from my fellow man.
And it occurs to me that the reason I am so timid and embarassed about writing books is because I am doing something that nearly anyone could do. I am doing nothing more than collecting money, fame, and fans over something that anyone could do if they wanted to. I feel as if I am cheating people.
After this thought comes another. Why do people think that they "can't" write a book? Is it because they are physically unable? I, for one, have carpal tunnel syndrome in both of my hands. If I type for too long, I am in bitter agony for hours, sometimes days. Still, I manage to write. I have learned to listen to my hands and when they tell me to take a break, I take a break. I read once about a man who wrote an entire novel blinking in Morse Code because he was paralyzed from the neck down and was not capable of speech. Can you imagine that? So, these people who say that they "can't" write a book must mean that they are otherwise unable to.
What sort of inability is this? Every human being has complex thoughts and emotions. Every human being has had one idea that another human being has not. Why not share this? What is writing, if not the shared emotions, thoughts, and feelings of one man to the world? Could you imagine what would happen if everyone took this one great idea and sent them out into the world? Why, we would have social reforms, political reforms, health and scientific reforms in no time at all. if every human being had an idea (as small as it might be) and shared it with the world, are they not making the world better as a whole? I think that people are obligated as human beings to share their ideas. After all, how will we advance as a species if everyone keeps their great ideas to themselves?
Another cited reason for this hesitation is fear of their work's reception. Trust me, I know how it feels when your work is dragged out into the mud and trampled on. It hurts, and can ruin your whole day. But it is for the best. The reason being is that now you know what the world wants to read and the delivery that they want your book. Do you really think that every great author you can name got their big break after their first book? That is ridiculous. Even though I have six books, I have not reached the level I aspire to. I have to get better.
And the best of us can improve. If Poe had lived another 50 years, could you imagine the tings he would write? How he would have improved? No one is "perfect", but we can get better.
So, don't be afraid to write something and send it into the world. In fact, you should do it. You never know who you will inspire.