We are Writers

There is something about words that move me. If you are a writer, you know what I mean. They have a way of moving you when you least expect it. It is like the beat of a song, it carries you and then just as quickly as it began it is over. You are onto the next one hoping to find that right way of saying exactly how you feel.

I look out my window when I drive and just as a painter looks for that perfect scene to paint I look for an ideal way to write what I am looking at — hoping to capture it only as I see it in all its beauty. The words have to be right. But I get so caught up in the way to write that I lose focus on what it is that caught my attention in the first place. Then I close my eyes and remember the way I felt when I looked at it. Then the passion comes back, and once more I start writing from my heart.

So it’s the passion that sets us free. It’s like a brush stroke on a canvas; we must use our words as paint. I am convinced that there is passion in all of us to express ourselves, but it is those who can turn it into words that make the writer.

We are the lucky ones. We can create from anywhere or anything. We can look at the ocean, the mountains, the eagles, a dirt road and find a story. We can turn the ordinary into something extraordinary – we are writers.

Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winner in Inspirational Writing Category