You may be feeling like that hiding, little elf above; you have a lot to say, to
write about, but you’re not all that sure you’re ready to speak up and step out where
you can be heard. So, adopt the elf’s positive attitude, open your arms to embrace
this new journey, stay in the reeds a while, get your proverbial feet wet. How?
Write, write, write.
“Write what?,” you ask. For now, the first step of your journey...your beginning,
it doesn’t matter. Pick a form that you know, like ‘letters’, ‘journals’, ‘editorials’.
The first is for you and a reader, the second is usually best for you and the third,
the editorial, might be appropriate for a local newspaper or, most often, best for
Which brings me to Caution #1: Preaching, dumping and scolding are good for no one,
not even you, because they are negatives and boring. If you must preach, do it at
church; if you must brow-beat, do it at political rallies and spare the readers you
want to accompany you on this marvelous journey. Ready?
Next lesson: Getting You Started.