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               Tuesday, August 27 2002 

A writer can write anything

My title is one of the slogans we often repeated in my years of fulltime employment with the Writers Connection. It was a kind of article of faith that we plied to instill confidence in our members and clients: you can do it. If all you can claim up till now as writing is some second rate verse no one would buy, you can hone your skills and turn that spark of talent into a saleable novel or a nonfiction how-to book.

If you've written reports from a local paper you can parlay that into a career as a relatively well-paid software documentation writer. You can write speeches for your aspiring political candidate acquaintance and instructions on how to use small appliances. You can write deathless prose about love and death and write a first draft of a screenplay worth $50,000 if you can get it in the hands of the right agent in Hollywood.

Part of the life of being a writer is believing in oneself, and it may be true of other lines of work as well. Good salesmen and women, I hear, have to believe in themselves and their products, or at least be able to convince (emphasize the first syllable, "con") your prospects that you believe in it so they'll believe in it, too. Paul Simon has a song that I believe relates: "Fakin' It." If I get his point it seems to be that we all fake our way through life, more or less. Those who have scruples hope it's less. But there's a sense in which some mornings we have to fake our own health and well-being just to get out of bed.

I was inspired to tackle this topic not because of any big crisis or grand funk...just a dearth of material. What to write...what to write? I used to tell people, for a living, that they could write anything if they only believed, and yet here and now I can't write anything. So I write about that.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Bear market

Q: What's the difference between a pigeon and a stockbroker?

A: The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW.

Thought for today

Of all work done under the sun, religious work should be the most open to examination. There is positively no place in the church for sleight of hand or double talk. Everything done by the churches should be completely above suspicion. The true Church will have nothing to hide. Her books will be available to anyone for inspection at any time. Her officers will insist upon an audit by someone from the outside.

A. W. Tozer
Sent by Judy Martin

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