All writers come with a healthy dose of ego. For us to create our stories, put down our experiences, and share them for the entire world to react is bold, to say the very least. I chose to write in order to entertain and inspire perfect strangers who might come across my words in their cyber-journeys. If I can elicit a smile, if I can garner a knowing nod of the head, if I can inspire someone to better their life or the world around them; then my purpose as a writer has been fulfilled.
As a blogger, I receive quite a bit of feedback on the short tales that I craft. Most of the comments are positive and I amazed at how many people are willing to share of their experiences. All you have to do is open the door, providing others with a forum to express themselves. Therein lies the inherent beauty behind creation; you better yourself by helping others to better themselves.
I recently received a rather scathing note regarding one of my blog posts. Being an open-minded individual, and always willing to better my work; I took the response to heart. It seems that this individual took issue with the fact that I use a healthy number of exclamation marks in my blog posts. He referred to one particular article I wrote and was quick to point out that my exclamation marks took away from the story itself. Of course, he also did not care for the story or my style as a writer. But then again, he did read it!
Setting aside whatever demons drove this person to lash out at my work; I reread the blog post that he referred to. I had to give him credit; I did indeed use more than my fair share of exclamation points in that specific blog post. Being the bigger person, I reread all of the over fifty blog posts I have written. Son-of-a-gun if they were not also saturated with the “evil exclamation points, set to take over the writing world in a villainous plot to undermine the English language and all that is sacred in the craft of the wordsmith!”
My writing is the result of an inner inspiration that I cannot explain, much more even begin to understand. I am compelled to take everyday situations and draw the deeper meaning in them. The need to share these insights with the world is overwhelming. My grammatical fortitude or my choice of punctuation is only secondary to the message.
All of us are given one page on which to write the story of our life. Each of our pages are then carefully bound into a book, where they are shared in a massive tome of some seven billion pages. It is called the “Book of Humanity.” If we are fortunate, our story will be read by many others, most of whom we will never meet. If we are blessed, our story will touch some of those strangers and perhaps inspire them to better things!
As you write your page for this universal volume, ask yourself a simple question. “How will my life be punctuated?” Will it be filled with simple periods, showing that I merely existed in this world? Will it be filled with question marks, because I feared learning who I was and sharing the precious gift of human connection? Or will it be rife with exclamation marks; illustrating the passion that I hold for life and my burning desire to connect with as many individuals as my lifetime will allow?
You are the only editor for the story of your life. There is no commercial audience waiting to purchase your words. There will be amateur critics waiting to debase your page in that great book; but they really do not matter. What is important is that you remain true to yourself as you share your wondrous story with the rest of us.
As for me, I am really looking forward to burning out the exclamation mark key on my computer keyboard! Oops, there it goes now!!!!!!!!!!