For some reason I started thinking of Steve Perry today. Steve Perry, you say, and scratch your head like you might not know who I'm talking about . And I will say, you've got to be kidding me! You don't know who Steve Perry is? He's only one of the greatest lead singers of all time (in my humble opinion) of one of the greatest 80's bands of all time (Journey). And I find myself singing one of their number one hits..."Don't Stop Believing"...and I realize that this should be every new writer's mantra. They should wake up every morning, look themselves in the mirror, and repeat after me...don't stop believing!
There is a time when a writer will come to a fork in the road and they will have to decide. Do they want to remain mediocre the rest of their life? Will their life be fulfilled if they remain average? Or do they want a life worth living? Do they want their great works to echo through the ages until the mere mention of their name brings about a moment of hushed silence in the acknowledgement of a memorable life?
Life can be hard. Writing can be harder. But it is how we face life...and writing...which helps to build character. As writers, we give it our all, leave nothing to chance, and hope for the best. We aren't magical beings, though there can be magic in our words. We don't think of ourselves as heroes, and yet our words can have the ability to save a life and change a world. It's in how we see ourselves which help how others see us. We are the stuff of legends and the result of our collective creativity.
We are WRITERS!