Why be a writer?
August 28, 2012
For theÂ Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Writing this past week, I looked at marketing. Kind of. It’s a funny place to start learning about the craft of writing, but last Tuesday I read this amazing article: â€œBECAUSE AWESOME.â€ It spoke to me in so many ways. I admire people who can be bold like that, because boldness and personality is difficult for me.
I will be AWESOME for you.
Combining the wisdom of “BECAUSE AWESOME,”Â Simon Sinek, and other things Iâ€™ve been thinking about lately, Iâ€™ve decided:
I believe truth makes people happy. I present truth in a way that makes it easier to understand: compelling, non-didactic, and emotional. I happen to write novels.
Still a little stuffy, and the form is clearly imitating Sinek, but itâ€™s a start. My manifesto, as it were.
Because I donâ€™t want to be an ordinary writer. I want to write extraordinary things. I want to write a book that changes people. That I am proud of. Popularity, awards, fame, bestseller statusâ€”none of that is important. Helping people become what they want to be and speaking truth is.
I have a long way to go, but thatâ€™s why I have my Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Writing: to learn the craft.
Iâ€™m studying story design this week, starting with chapter 2 of Robert McKeeâ€™s Story. Iâ€™m applying what I learn to a YA story Iâ€™ve been dabbling on for a while.