So, you think you can’t write either?
It’s just occurred to me…. For years and years now I have been a huge admirer of writers. The art and craft of writing is something I have always felt is not a talent I will ever have, and could never create the amazing worlds and characters, scenarios and stories that so many incredibly gifted writers manage to do. And I don’t suppose for a second that even if I tried I would ever be able to compete with the greats, or even not so greats.
Partly this is because I was not taught to read and write much as a child and by the age of nine still didn’t know my alphabet and did not read my first book until age seventeen, which was The Hobbit. I took up reading properly in my early twenties and have always been terminally slow at it, but I’ve put in the hours and now am pleased to say that I have read a great many wonderful books, something I am immensely pleased and proud about.
I’ve always wished I could write and have always told myself that I know I can’t, perhaps subconsciously because of having no real grounding in it, but then it struck me! –
For about a decade now I have been communicating with people around the globe by email, Myspace, Facebook and several other sites. I write lengthy emails, sometimes several a day, in fact usually several a day. These emails are reasonably well written – I seem to have an intuitive grasp of grammar and punctuation. The emails, which in volume would equate to a couple of Bible’s worth, are well structured and because of the reasons for writing them have to contain coherent information and descriptions of what is going on in my life. And yet it has taken me till now to realise that not only can I write but that I am in fact a writer! OK, so I’m not writing books or even short stories and I’m not published, but the simple fact of the matter is that I write every single day in blogs, to friends and for my own amusement. Quality is another matter and form is its own thing but there you have it:
I’m a writer!
And there’s none more surprised than me at that realisation.