There is nothing like clichés; words or phrases that are so common they tend to lose their effectiveness completely. Well, that usually happens when that phrase has been worn out by a lot of people or a few people. Whatever the reason, it is possible to get calloused to phrases that once had meaning. Here’s one from the dentist: “Brush twice a day and floss daily.” We really get tired of that and make excuses for not following his or her advice until we are in the hot seat again and there is this HUGE needle headed for your mouth!
Then you think, “I should have flossed and brushed twice a day.” Well, here are two cliché phrases that cannot lose their powerful message or effectiveness for you: YOU CAN DO IT! HANG IN THERE! If these phrases lose their effect on you, we’ll never be privileged to read your great work. Even more, you’ll never realize that dream of your first or second published book. So please, you can do it. Just hang in there. Writer’s block will dissipate. The kids will go to bed or summer camp. You’ll get that two-week vacation, life will give you a break from its heartaches and disappointments. It’s then that I want you to get to writing, pecking and typing. Whenever you feel like it can’t be done, think about that big needle headed for your mouth and the regret you may feel. Hey, I’m waiting to get that manuscript. YOU CAN DO IT! HANG IN THERE!
We are kindred, all of us because we are all human beings. We are men and women. That’s a given. But I see today everyone wanting to make sure that they are in line with what’s popular or God forbid – regular. Don’t get me wrong I believe that there are some things that must be absolute for people to remain people (love, kindness, compassion, respect, non-violence, fairness, etc.) But come on, must every writer be the same and write about the same things; say the same words, use the same current topics, the same jargon, the same usual, regular, boring genres in the same usual way……
I think you get my drift. Even if you have the same topic must it always be just like everyone else’s? For instance, many people with great writing skills they’ve not yet tapped into write about sex. Why? Because it sells.
DON’T BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE! GO AGAINST THE GRAIN! BE UNIQUELY YOU, UNAFRAID OF BEING DIFFERENT!
Please, stop and think about it. You are a writer. There’s a vast universe of topics and subject matter to choose to write about and all that comes to mind is sex. Wow, how boring. (Yes, I said ‘boring’). You are unique and have unique experiences that make your writing specific to you. Don’t limit yourself to what is ‘popular’ and heaven forbid, to what sells. That talent you have is more than you know. Don’t suppress it, don’t ignore it, don’t limit it. The world and the universe is at your disposal. Put it on paper and bring it to the masses who truly love to read a unique and good book. When it’s finished send it to me. I’ll get it ready for your publisher. You know that I’m here for you.
At an early age, my grandson was diagnosed as special needs. I was terrified because I knew nothing about the particular condition he had and felt that I couldn’t do what was necessary to help him along. Well, guess what, with some exceptional professionals at the school, and taking a couple of courses I found that I could do it–I could help him out. Guess what? I did it, too. He was promoted from elementary school to middle school today.
What am I saying? Yes, you can, too. You can write that story that’s been in your head for many years. Yes, you can gather those poems that you have written on lined paper, on brown paper bags, on note paper, and even on a restaurant napkin! You can gather them up, take them to Kinko’s or wherever you can get them scanned and put on flash drive and send them to me.
Yes, you can finally finish that dissertation so that you can get that degree you already worked so hard for. Yes, you can get that resume updated and get a killer cover letter to accompany it, get that interview and then that dream position. Yes, you can do it and it won’t take long. Yes, you can do it and yes, you can stop making excuses and second guessing yourself.
You are unique and that makes your work unique. Don’t think of being like anyone else except you. How boring to be like everyone else. When I have finished editing your novel, short story, poetry collection or glance through that technical paper that will boggle my mind, you’ll be glad that you made up your mind that–YOU CAN!