Charles Clanton Rogers

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“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and dance; onr cannot fly inyo flying.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“You should only write if you can not resist the drive. If it is not possible for you NOT  write!–then you should 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 walk.
Then run and

Then dance
Finally: flying!
“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?

Charles Clanton Rogers       Revision December  2015

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8 thoughts on “What Drives A Writer (#9 for December 6

  1. Deb says:

    I would say am working myself to a crawl….but not there yet. 🙂

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Crawling is good; write something everyday, even if it is a paragraph about how hard it is to write that first sentence . Be messy and care free with your first drafts; you can discard them; good writing is less about first drafts as it is about editing; my each of my posts have gone through 25 revisions before I publish them. Writing is re-writing. Deb, please tell me where you live🌹🌹🌹

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      1. Deb says:

        Well,I am definitely working on writing every day. Thanks for the advice…and flowers :-). I live in Kenya

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        Welcome Kenya🌹

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  2. bbnewsab says:

    Many prudent and sensible advice from you, Mr. Medicine Man of the Readers and Writers Tribe (RWT) Community!

    It’s easy to understand that you are, also, called the Sage. Full of life experience. And eager to share your knowledge and wisdom with others.

    As a matter of fact, I yesterday addressed one of your “protégées”, KK, the amazing Jennifer Calvert, whom you promoted just a couple of days ago. I told her, on her own wonderful blog, how special she is, by trying to explain to her what it seems to be that makes her, and her writings, so remarkable, outstanding and exceptional.

    You can read Jen’s and my dialogue here: . Have a look in the comment section of that blog post.

    To summarize: That girl, Jen, is worth promoting.

    And at the same time, I think, and hope, that at least some of all that Jen and I discussed has a bearing on your own advice and thoughts conveyed on this blog post of yours, KK.

    Hope you’ll enjoy reading Jen’s and my little “conversation” as much as I enjoyed reading your advice, KK!

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    1. Thank you so much. Your words and support are amazing and much appreciated. I think what drives a writer, is that undeniable need to write. I know my passion for writing stems from love and passion.

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  3. clanton1934 says:

    Well now; I am rewarded by responses, first by you, bbnewsab, secondly by my interaction with Jen, and now the exponential reward of having introduced you to one another for a personal transaction which, save for me, is unlikely to have transpired. This is a great “third act”. Don’t leave your seats! Tomorrow morning is Marina, an author from Greece. Then you, Jen and Marina can have a conversation which otherwise would never have happened. Bridgebuilding 101 😉

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  4. So glad for the wonderful connections I have made here! Thank you. Look forward to reading about Marina!


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