What’s the difference between a person with a story to tell, and a writer?
What’s the difference between a person with something important to share, and a writer?
This is a tough one. I honestly think that everyone – yes, every single person – has a story to tell. Everyone has something valuable to say. But everyone might not be a writer.
Everyone has something amazing happen to them. A huge tragedy. A gigantic obstacle they overcame. An important lesson learned. A spectacular achievement. An epic love. But not everyone has the talent, drive, determination, skill to be a writer.
Everyone has a story. But it’s possible that not everyone has a book.
If you have an important story to tell, then ask yourself if you really want it to be a book. If so, then I encourage you to learn to be a writer. Do whatever it takes. Spend the time, learn the craft, practice, practice, practice. Get feedback. Take classes.
Become a writer.
If your publication dreams don’t seem to be coming true… NEVER think that means that you don’t have something important to say. Don’t assume it means your story isn’t worth sharing. It just might need to be shared in some other way besides a book. (Magazine articles? A website? A blog?)
Your story is important. What you have to say is valuable. Remember that. Whether or not anyone else ever calls you a writer.
Rachelle Gardner, Christian literary agent, WordServe Literary Group, Colorado.