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I’m not being falsely modest. But I’m not a writer like Shakespeare, never expect to be, never want to be. The reason: I can only be who I am.
For a long time, I refused to call myself a writer. I wrote well as a student. As an independent consultant, I wrote articles for professional publications and used them as marketing pieces for my business. I even wrote a book. But I never felt comfortable calling myself a writer, never mind an “author.”
Then I found Ricochet. And I fell in love with writing: the writing of others, the chance to write comments, and eventually even writing my own articles. Yet I still felt uncomfortable calling myself a writer. It seemed so—well—pretentious. Other self-perceptions held me back, too.
My writing is like the way I wear my hair: unpretentious, simple, and easy. I don’t have the flourishes and flowing style that other writers have. I favored non-fiction posts because I didn’t have to be too “creative.” Then I decided to try a little fiction story. It was scary. And it was fun. And it was well-received. So I’ve written a couple of stories since.
You don’t have to be a remarkable writer to write on Ricochet. You just need to be motivated to write. To share your ideas. To speak your truth. To make us laugh. To make us cry.
Let your writing express something honest and passionate. Write about something that you think is important, or amusing, or clever. At Ricochet, all kinds of essays are welcome.
Don’t worry about whether you think you’re a writer or not. Don’t agonize over topics; if people don’t read it, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything about your writing, or about you. (@arahant helped me clarify that fact.)
Writing can be therapeutic, fun, maturing. It can help you clarify your beliefs and values, your struggles and your confusion regarding just about anything.
Don’t worry about being a Shakespeare. Don’t worry about whether you think you are a writer.
Maybe someday, like me, you’ll realize you are.