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Writers: Don’t be afraid to walk on the wild side

March 28, 2013



Joseph Epstein of the New York Times wrote a piece in 2002 in response to a poll of the time revealing that 81 percent of Americans felt they had a book in them.

First of all, let’s reflect on that number – 81 percent. That’s a lot people who think they could write a book – about something.

Epstein used his column to throw out this interesting little nugget from Samuel Johnson: ”There lurks, perhaps, in every human heart a desire of distinction, which inclines every man to hope, and then to believe, that nature has given himself something peculiar to himself.”

I think he was on to something there. Many of us do have this need to be unique and to be heard. The problem is, too many of us are afraid to heed our own voices, what’s deep within our souls. And so, we refrain from trying something different, whether as writers, business persons, architects – you name it.

The fear of failure has us imitating what has already worked. We opt for security rather than danger. And it’s a shame because God only knows the McDonaldization of America has only proliferated over time. Too much out there looks the same.

Don’t be afraid of being different, of being you. If you think you have a book in you, and that  poll which has so often been cited clearly indicates you likely do, then write what’s in your heart.

Write that book you’ve been carrying around inside you for so long. Don’t spend time pondering if it will become a best-seller, or if anyone cares about what you have to say.

Walk on the wild side.

Now get writing.



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    Thank you for the much needed encouragement 🙂

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