Almost anyone can write, but writing excellence comes from talent, passion and perseverance.
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. – Rudyard Kipling
Writers have connected civilization across recorded history. And their history is our history, their stories our story. Writing is an endless pursuit requiring passion and perseverance and a constant war of practice. Good writing remains as laborious and demanding today as in the days of Homer, Hesiod, Lucretius and the monks who transcribed the Bible. As Ben Franklin said, If we write something “worth reading,” then we too are a part of recorded history.
Time is the only judge of our writing. Regardless of what editors, publishers, friends and family think, the true value of our writing can only be determined over time. Charles Dickens was a popular and successful writer in his time (1812-1870) but much of his writing was not judged to be “good writing” – not well structured, many “laborious” passages – but his complete oeuvre has stood the test of time. Today, he is considered one of the great novelists of all time. And Shakespeare? Despite much question and criticism, including his authenticity, he remains the greatest playwright in modern history.
So if you love to write, write – with passion and perseverance!
Writing maketh the exact man. – Sir Francis Bacon