An Open Letter

One voice

There is something to be said about being afraid to speak up. For many people, it is a matter of not rubbing certain folks the wrong way or looking bad in the eyes of people. For others, it is a matter of just not caring enough to say a word; saving their cares for their own lives.

As a writer, you have to find your voice.

For some writers it’s an easy task and for others it is quite difficult. Some mimic the voices of other writers in an effort to play it safe. And some carve their own path with the hopes that people will respect them for it.

In A Handbook for the Productive Writer, Bryan Collins writes, “When you write, take a stance. Have an opinion and pick a fight.”

“Be a heretic,” says Rob Booker, “The secret of heretic-ship is simple. Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.” (From Build a Tribe, Not a Business)

“Swing Your Slingshot”, Mary Fernandez states, “Creating an us versus them scenario builds solidarity and brings your tribe closer to you.” (From 9 Surefire Strategies for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness)

If we’re going to do great work, it means that some people aren’t going to like it. ~Seth Godin (From Is Everyone Entitled to Their Opinion)

Many writers will tell you that being yourself is the best type of writer you can be. Having the willingness to use your words in a way that will make people take notice is a gift.

Even if you are not a writer, being able to stand and say what others may be thinking takes strength and courage.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~Helen Keller

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ~Paulo Coelho

These quotes and many others have inspired me in a way that I truly did not expect. There is always an apprehension when it comes to addressing particular subjects. I tend to rant and rave behind closed doors but never openly discuss what’s on my mind.

Then it happened.

I couldn’t sleep a little over a week ago, tossing and turning until my bed sheets were all over the place. Suddenly, I jumped up, grabbed my laptop and proceeded to type out what was keeping me awake.

The words flew out of me and onto the computer screen. Once done, I couldn’t have been more proud that I finally said some things I thought when no one was around.

For the next few days I took to editing and rewriting these strong feelings and emotions, molding them into just the right way. It took almost two weeks but ultimately it became the realest post I have ever written.

This post, which can be found on I Mean, Really Dude, is an open letter to many groups which have negative ideas. It is not with the intention to be malicious. It is, however, written with love and the hope that people will take heed.

One voice can change the world as long as it makes a sound. ~Trina Lynne


Humanity Will Surely Prosper

If all the monies of the world

were put together.

And all those who call themselves rich

were to build together.

Naturally, humanity will surely prosper.

If all the countries of the world

Came together

And all the differences

were learned together.

Obviously, humanity will surely prosper.

If all the people

Rise together

Then humanity will surely prosper

If all embraced positivity

Grow together

And humanity will surely prosper.

If all the world’s resources

Were shared together

And all the news of the world

was told together

Humanity will surely prosper

For more poetry and prose, check out The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: The Struggles of Being Bipolar

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Mentor Wanted

by nokhoog buchachon

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Over the past few years, I have gone at my writing career alone. This could be because of the self-consciousness of my work. It could also be because I can be a bit shy around those I am not well acquainted with.

In this business, however, no one prospers by being shy or keeping their work stored away on a flash drive for their eyes only. You must mingle with your international colleagues and show as much work as you can to gain validity.

Ever since my hospital scare, I have re-evaluated how I run my writing career. Many days, I sit and think of ways to make things bigger and better for myself and those around me.

I came to a stunning realization – I NEED A MENTOR. Seriously.

I mean, I know I have done my literary thing for a long time, but the best way to really understand what you are doing is to have someone hold your hand. Or at least put the boot to your tail when you’re too scared to be yourself.

Everyone that is anyone had someone who was willing to put their hand out and guide them, whether a little or a lot. I am not asking for much. Just someone I can bounce ideas off as well as a person I can learn from because I know I do not have all the answers.

So, this is my shameless plea to any writer who would be willing to help me continue to learn the ropes. The pay is horribly nothing and the client can be a bit of a pest. However, there is a possibility to be a part of something great and maybe make a lifelong friend.

You can find me across social media but your best bet is Facebook or Twitter.  Or you can just leave me a message in the comments section.

If you’re out there, and I hope you accept, I’m ready if you are. 😀