Everyone has a story to tell. To traverse across a chasm while balanced on a thin silver string. Gaping crowds below, pearlescent clouds above, the wire shuddering in the wind. Few have touched down safely on the other side.
But you have. With pluck, determination, and courage. That’s your story.
Not everyone knows how to write. It isn’t just paragraph and spelling knowledge. It’s character development, plot construction, writing craftsmanship. Sequence, judgment, vision.
Some may be able to learn. Schools, online courses, writers’ conferences, self-help books all offer opportunities. Computer programs and lined paper pages stay open late. Practice and critical review always meet deadlines.
Probability of failure despite effort.
Possibility of an audience.
Others must learn to be grateful to share their story with those who can write. A minute on a high wire is a moment to contemplate. The one trembling on the wire, those on the ground looking up.
The choice is to insist on writing your story so poorly that few will read and praise it, or to hand the idea to the master who will craft your story so that many will turn the pages.
Or a third choice. Learn to write well, a demanding journey of effort and failure and potential success, its own act on a high wire. The ultimate achievement.
Probability of story well written.
Possibility of glittering stars on Goodreads.
Brilliance evolves when someone reads the story and is transformed. Yes, it began with you, your ballet on the silver string.
Whose life is important? Whose balance on the wire is exciting enough to write it in a story?
Maybe anyone’s. Probably everyone’s. Possibly yours.
Says she who has yet to be published.
Just a thought 62
Painting Seiltanzerin* 1913 by August Macke, courtesy: Wikimedia Commons; *Tightrope Walker