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  • I don't always tell people that I am a writer. Why? Because sometimes I get this response:

    "Oh. So you have no job skills."


    Actually, I do.

    Good writers are masters at chopping away the excess.
    At capturing the reader's imagination.
    At having a point of view.

    Back in high school, a friend invited me to a storytelling competition in which she was competing. My friend did an average job. Nothing she said swayed me, motivated me, or inspired me. Mostly because as she read her story, her voice shaking as badly as her hands, she only briefly glanced up to establish eye contact.

    Because she didn't own it, I didn't care.

    But then *she* stepped into the spotlight. The tenth-grader who first showed me what effective storytelling looks like.

    This girl not only told her story from memory, she used every aspect of herself -- gestures, facial expressions, voice, and words -- to so enthrall me that within minutes I no longer saw her, but the scenes she wove via my imagination.

    Good writing does the same.

    It grabs you.
    Delights you.
    Satisfies you.
    Motivates you.
    Makes you think, long, dream.

    I have no job skills? I beg to differ.

    Photo by Greg Rehwoldt
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