You should write a book! People tell me that a lot. I don’t disagree, but I also don’t write books. Or much of anything, really. I should. Writing is something I enjoy, and other people seem to enjoy reading what I write. I guess it’s like a lot of things. When I have more time… When the house is clean… When I retire… Finally, in the waning days of September, just as October approached, the stars aligned.
I retired a little over a year ago which means I have more time, and my house is clean, or at least as clean as my house ever is. To tell you the truth, I probably still wouldn’t have sat down to write except for two emails that showed up, one right after the other. The first one announced a “platform challenge,” a month-long, task-a-day roadmap to creating a writing platform. It sounded like the very thing I needed to get me moving from thinking about writing to doing writing. The second email was an advertisement for 40% off the new Elizabeth Gilbert book, Big Magic. Even though I don’t write, I do read about writing, and the subtitle, Creative Living Beyond Fear, was the second kick in the pants I needed to get me to this point. Apparently, Gilbert is some kind of writers’ psychic. She managed to list every single excuse, fear, doubt, and imagined roadblock I had ever thought or uttered, from, “I’ll write when I have more time,” to “I’m too old to start.” Coincidence? Serendipity? One of Squire Rushnell’s Godwinks? Gilbert’s Big Magic? Whatever you want to call it, those two emails moved me to action like nothing else ever has.
So, there it is. The story of how I became a writer of material for public consumption with encouragement from Elizabeth Gilbert and step-by-step instruction from Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest. It is unremarkable, maybe even a little boring. But that’s okay. It is a story just the same. And stories are important. They give us insight to others, ourselves, and the world around us. They preserve our history, reveal our humanity, and provide shared experiences we might not have otherwise. They entertain us, soothe us, and inspire us.
I hope this blog will become a place for stories to live. A place where those who need a story can find one to read and those who need to tell a story can do so knowing there will be an audience. So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine if you prefer, and let’s share some stories.