Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Do You Want to Write?

By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief for Southern Writers Magazine

If you have never written but wish you could, then let me say, now is the time to start. 
Writing is something everyone should try. It's true what they say, everyone has a story.

Although I wrote little stories as a child, I was in my early 20's when I became serious and began writing a book. I had to write whenever I could find the time.  I did finish the manuscript, however, I lost it in a move my family made not long after I finished it. 

I was upset but I knew I had to keep writing. I loved it. Whether it was telling a story, writing prayers, keeping a journal, or writing devotions I had to write. At night I would write stories in my head, but foolish me, didn’t write them down.

There is something about words coming out of your head that appear on paper. I wrote with pen and paper then. Now of course, I use a computer for the most part. But seeing a story unfold where you create the setting and fill it with characters is exciting and then to see the characters come to life is amazing.  But the adventure comes when the characters take over and begin writing the story.

Writing and reading are my passion.

Don’t put off writing. Just sit down at your computer and dive in or take pen and paper; let your words come out. No one says it must be perfect. But you do need to begin.

There are books you can read on writing techniques, classes you can take online and at universities, writing conferences, all or any of these will help your technique. You can also find writing groups in your area. Check with your local library.

Every successful author has one thing in common. They made the decision to begin writing.

What are you waiting for?

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