I'm not a writer. I'm just not. I always hear about "the greats," and the kind of discipline they show is astounding. I don't have it! I'm not one! I write when the muse beckons, and then I just don't. Anyone can do that!
That said, I have won local awards for my writing. One of my best friends in the whole world once said, and I quote, "Man, you REALLY have a way with words." (Emphasis his) That struck me. I kind of do. I've known that, but I've only ever been good in person. Never in writing.
Now, if one of my students came and told me that, what would I say? I'd say something like, "Nonsense. You do have a way with words, and you're ripping the rest of us off by not doing something about it," or, "Oh, really? Have you actually tried?" And then they'd say something that I'd probably generally ignore, and then I'd say something like, "Listen, whether you believe in you or not...I do. Please, don't let this gift slip away." Not that. Like that, but not that.
So, I should. I should write. I will try. I can't say it'll be good (of course it won't, but each time I do it'll suck a little bit less), and I can't promise that I'll be consistent. I do, however, owe it to myself to try.
And so I will.
I suggest you do the same.
Jesse is a professor at Houston Baptist University. He also directs the school's theatre club, does handyman projects on the side, and produces features and short films. A Pastor's kid/missionary kid, his view of life is at the very least unique. And hopefully helpful.