Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Can You Take That First Step?

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.~Martin Luther King

This is the week our nation celebrates Martin Luther King's birthday, and among the many stories written about him, I discovered the quote above. Simple but to the point.

It's one that can be applied to the writing world. Every writer had to take that all-important first step. Some moved on in baby steps, while others galloped forward with giant strides. Some never published, and some garnered fame and fortune from the words that flowed from head to paper or computer screen.

Lots of people say they'd like to write, but they only think about it, never put the desire into practice. In this case, the faith mentioned in the quote has to come first. Have faith in yourself and take that first step into the writing world. The door is always open, but it's your choice to walk through it and find what lies on the other side.

Do you want to stand outside the door and look in, or do you want to take that first step in becoming a writer? And for those who are already writers--do you remember taking that first step?


  1. Nancy, this brought me to the verge of tears. Apropos for where I'm at with this novel of mine. I've lost my view of the staircase, but I know I've got it in me to take one more step!

    Thanks for the encouragement....

  2. Remember that old saying--Each journey is completed one step at a time. (Or something akin to that!) But we do have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You've made a good start with the novel, now keep moving on. I know you can do it.