How often do we say those words? And how often do we think about what we’re really saying? We strive to find the right words in our stories and our articles, but how often do we reflect on the words we casually use, and the meaning we may unconsciously reinforce?
Getting started can often present its own challenge. There are a lot of false truths about writing, and the arts in general, which discourage people from trying. The first is the myth of talent. People often think of talent as the difference between those who can and those who can’t. I believe anyone can do it, if they are willing to put in the time. A person may start out with a natural advantage, but the real test is their commitment to keep at it. I like to say that talent is an innate desire to work at something, slowly improving your skill, even if the only reward is your own growth and satisfaction. When in doubt assume you have talent. Next comes skill.