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~Anyone Can Write. Really?

Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down The Bones, says anyone can become a writer.

Sorry Nat, I disagree.

That’s sort of like implying anyone can fly with the Blue Angels,

Or anyone can audition out for the Bolshoi Ballet,

Or anyone can become President of the United States.

It’s simply not realistic.

Sure, one can take lessons, learn the techniques, memorized the steps, & study the electrical panels, but without passion and slices of soul, without lungs and heart, one is, well, merely ordinary.

I ask you: Is ordinary enough? Is ordinary what you want?

What I mean is, do you write dishonestly, mindlessly, without blood?

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