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No One Can Tell Your Story But You

Writing is a strange thing, filled with emotional roller-coasters and storms and deserts. Who would ever put themselves willingly through this? Well, you (and me). Why? Because you have something to say. The only person who can tell your story is you.

Have some encouragement today, writer: Only you can tell your story the way it needs to be told.

#1: Writing is weird.

Writing is a strange thing to do to ourselves.

It can be lonely. It creates emotional roller-coasters and storms and dry spots. It means dealing with crazy-makers and the wounds of self-doubt, and fencing with discouragement both from without and within.

Seriously, who in heck would ever put themselves willingly through this?

Well, you (and me). Why? Because you have something to say. The only person who can tell your story is you.

#2: Writing is Worth the Struggle

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
-Neil Gaiman

You have a story inside you.

You already know that, or you wouldn’t be here. You want to write; you have been writing, maybe, or you’re planning to write. Whatever stage you’re in, you feel the drive like some magical compulsion, and no matter what you’ve been through, it won’t go away.

#3: Tell Your Story as Only You Can

“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
—Charles de Lint

Your story may take the form of a novel, or short stories, a play, a poem, or a film. The point is, it’s words, and yes, your gut instinct is right: you do need to share them.

The story that drives you, that won’t let you go? You need to tell it. The story that scares you, that seems too big to write? You can tell it—you just need to learn how.

#4: Your Story Needs to be Told

“No one else can dance your dance. No one else can sing your song. No one else can write your story.”
—Lisa Nichols

The story that your well-meaning friend said sounds just like some-other-story already out there? It still needs to be told. There are only seven basic plots in the world anyway, or so they say. Your story still needs to be told.

#5: Don’t be afraid.

“No one else has the same story as you. It’s as unique as you are. And no one can tell it like you can.”
—Julie LeFebure

Tell your story.

Keep working at it. Keep learning how to write.

If you need encouragement, I’m more than happy to talk with you about it. If you need feedback on a story idea, I’m willing to dialogue about it. We’re in this together! Leave a comment or send me an email.

Write your story.

By Ruthanne Reid

Ruthanne Reid is one of those pesky fanfiction authors who made good, and thus eschews most labels. Except for being a Generation X-er (or maybe Xennial, according to some guy’s webpage), a musician who loves music but also carries a ton of baggage about it, a self-taught graphic artist who designs her own covers, a spoonie who wrestles Fibromyalgia not unlike yon Hercules and the Nemean lion, a Christian who hesitates to use the word because too many of them are crazy but Jesus is pretty great, a rabid shipper who’s too smart to lay out precisely which ships because of the wars, and an avid reader when she isn’t busy caretaking for some pretty ill folks.

You know. Unlabelable.

Currently a resident of Long Island City and a loving mommy to one current cat and numerous future ones, Ruthanne is happily married to a fellow geek who loves good stories and great games as much as she does. Between the two of them, they own a lot of things that need to be plugged in.

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