Hey, you. Don’t stop writing.

I know it isn’t what you want it to be. I know it may even look like crap to you.

Still, don’t stop writing.

I know you may be afraid of telling your story. You have fear – genuine, real fear – of what may come when you tell the true cry of your hidden heart.

Fight the fear. Stop comparing yourself to others. Forgive your early mistakes.

Don’t stop writing.

Is it harder than you thought? Yes.

Will it take longer than you planned? Very likely.

Is it worth all the effort, tears, sweat, and nights of holy cow, this sucks?

Yes. Don’t stop writing.

Listen: what you do right now matters. It matters to you personally because it shapes your soul and gives you strength. It matters to those around you because they are affected by you – your changes, your words, your choices – and it will matter to the world because that’s how ripples work: the effect goes on.

Especially in these hard times, what you write matters. Work at it. Hone it. Get better. Get braver.

Your writing matters because you do.

Don’t stop writing.