Monday, April 16, 2012
If Everybody Did
Have you ever read the children's book called If Everybody Did by Jo Ann Stover? If not, it's a delightful tale that shows what happens if everyone decided to do things like leave muddy footprints in the house, or squeeze the cat too tightly, or leave toys on the stairs. The results are humorously illustrated in this little treasure, carrying, of course, the bigger message that our actions affect those around us.
I came across this book while organizing bookshelves recently and it set my mental wheels going. What is it with us writers, anyway - are our brains ever still? :) I immediately thought about how this principle applied to the writing life.
What if writers:
Didn't heed the call to write?
Never encouraged a newbie writer?
Never assisted a fellow scribe?
Didn't persevere through writer's block?
Failed to battle and press through doubt and insecurities?
Didn't practice their skills?
Never took the time to learn something new?
Would the world be a different place?
Oh my, yes. I'm thinking it would be.
To live without the awesome support of resources and other writers...
What do you think? What aspect of the writing life are you most grateful for? Which ones could you live without? Have you ever thought about how your actions as a writer affect others?
Blessings for your journey,
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