Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Writer? Keep Learning

I don't know about you, but I often feel as if I'm never going to make it. There is always something new to learn, to experience, to write about. 

Do writers ever think to themselves, "Well, I've made it now"?

Or do they, like me, constantly feel as if they're climbing that wall or mountain?

Seems to me, most jobs are like that. It's when you 'think' you know everything that you run into trouble. Because frankly, you don't and won't ever.

Even if you haven't been a part of the polical arena that is currently upon us, like a huge rock in a small stream, you realize that even the big haunchos don't know it all, even if they think or say they do. The problem arises when they believe they have all the answers when they most assuredly do not, and even go so far as to treat others with disrespect because they feel they can.

But I'm getting away from myself...

As a writer, we will never know everything. We will never know how to write perfectly, research without flaws, cover ourselves so totally and compelely with the written word that we never even consider - writer's block.

Some things are just the way they are.

And this is good. Because we want to be humble. We want to avoid being vain. We want to reach out and learn and help others to learn, We don't know everything and that's okay. That's no excuse for doing nothing, but it's okay that we will never know everything.

The good news is that we can learn something new, even today. And that something will make us a better writer, a better editor, a better researcher, a better mentor for another writer.

And that's a goal we can all reach.

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