"How vain it is to sit down to write if you have not stood up to live." - Henry David Thoreau
As I sat in the dentist chair having my annual cleaning, the new hygienist overheard from others in the office that I was writing a book. And she asked me, “What's the book about?” Before I began sharing what I'm writing, I said, “Well, I’m not really a professional writer.” Then shortly after I responded, thoughts ran through my mind with why even I said that?
The truth is that I am not a professional writer. I was a professional hair stylist for 25 years, and I've earned that degree through education, practice, and years of servitude. And I have been writing for less than two years with no more education in writing skills other than I had in high school! How can I say that I am a writer is what my heart said to me. I believe our hearts tell us these things by the nudges we feel, it speaks the truth to us and leads us on the right path; the way of fulfillment.
Through practice, we can become a writer, a hairstylist, or whatever we set our hearts on. However, we have to put in that time and study. Which is truly what the professional writers have done is the nudge that I felt while sitting in the chair.
Although I am not a writer by profession, the fact is that I am longing to tell my story. And I will need a professional editor who will help me rearrange the words in my story in the proper grammar and alignment that unveils the true thought intended. Something, (this may sound silly) like the way I rearrange the hair on other people's head, to bend, shape, or curl in the creative flow that unveils the beauty that is there. In the same way, a professional writer requires the service of the hairstylist, even though they may well be able to do their own hair. Even so, it still doesn’t give them the license to practice on anyone other than themselves. Maybe this is the truth with writing to me. Without some degree in education, why would we be expecting to do it correctly alone?
I've come to these facts about writing, even more so, after spending time on the Red Room. I have met some of the finest, talented, creative writers around the world, professionally and personable. Yes, most of us can write the words down, just the same as most of us can do our own hair. And even though there are some who are naturally gifted in their talents, it is only right when we hear the truth that we give our highest regard for the earned profession with gratitude that they deserve. Moreover, we are here to honor their years of study for the professionals they’ve become, and the service they can provide for others. Regardless of what profession we have studied, we both earned the degrees and have become the professionals in that area.
I have a story to tell that requires the help and support of an editor with degrees to increase my possibilities to publish a worthy story to be read. Otherwise, I need an extended education. Since, I’m not really a professional writer, yet.
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Westwind Foster Family Agency, Christian Children's Fund, Compassion International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Invisible Children, Save the Children