When I was young, I was painfully shy and kept to myself most of the time. My parents did not encourage friendships, so I spent a good portion of my school time hanging out in the library. It was quiet there and I developed a deep appreciation for the written word. The old saying, "You can't judge a book by it's cover", certainly applied and I was fascinated by the possibilities of what adventures lay beyond the pages of each new book.
Those years of standing just outside my school's social circle gave me the opportunity to develop my skills of observation. People don't always say what they mean, nor mean what they say. I discovered that almost everyone has a part of themselves hidden beneath the facade. Fascinating thoughts, feelings, adventures that no one else had lived. Those still waters ran deep. I would often look at someone and wonder what stories would I find if I took the time to search them out?
Beginner writers are like those icebergs. Just a small portion of their potential greatness lie above the still waters which surround them. They have a dream and a hope to become better than they are now, but their lack of writing skills sometimes prevent them from tapping into what lies beneath the surface. Beginner writers can choose to stay motionless and never grow beyond the moment. Or they can boldly go on a journey toward their own dreams of publication.
Smart writers challenge the still waters by reaching out to those around them. They go in search of experienced writers who's understanding of the depths within themselves help create those great stories which will live on long after they are gone. Smart writers take the time to develop their writing skills through reading, attending workshops, and researching what it takes to create a polished work of written art.
All writers, new or experienced, have a wonderful strength lying beneath the surface of who they THINK they are. A vast world of ideas waiting to be discovered and shaped into messages the world is just waiting to receive.
All it takes is the courage to make the first splash.