“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“You should only write if it is not possible for you NOT to write! -“ Elizabeth Hope Jackson – my English Teacher
“Think digging ditches is hard? At least you know when you are done. Think erecting a skyscraper is hard? At least what you have when you are finished is an unequivocally completed project. Think flipping burgers at the fast food restaurant in the strip mall of the nowhere town in which you live sucks? At least you get a paycheck.
Writing is thankless work. It is like housework. It is like laundry. It is like a soap opera. It is never finished. There is always more to do. People may tell you that you are good, but you won’t believe them, or you will believe them too much, or you will not know who to believe, least of all yourself and this thing you created that is nothing more than a mess of letters trying to make sense of things that don’t: life, death, what happens in between.” Susannah Breslin
I had an Epiphany.
Writers, metaphorically, need to fly in their life.
We want the panoramic view of LIFE. We demand to see everything.
We want to see behind every facade; to tear back the curtain of “The Wizard”.
To fly we must first learn to stand,
Then run and climb,
“One cannot fly into flying.”
My epiphany tells me that these are the stages of becoming a writer.
Great writers are flying.
I would say I am at the walking phase, aspiring to “the dance” now with elementary dancing lessons.
Where are you?
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Charles Clanton Rogers August 31, 2015