Friday, July 24, 2015

This Man Knew The Power of the Pen

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ― Martin Luther

Martin Luther, founder of the Lutheran Church, lived centuries ago. He was born in 1483 and died in 1546. He is a great example of his own quote. He penned the 95 Theses and nailed them to the church door when he could no longer tolerate certain happenings in his Catholic church. He didn't just think about it or sit in the local pub and complain to his cohorts. He picked up his pen and wrote!

You can do the same about anything that's bothering you. Our world is full of injustices, criminal acts, immigration problems, warfare on many levels, politicians who act for their own gain, abusive parents and so much more. If you have a strong feeling about any of them, what's stopping you from writing about it?

You can send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Or you can write an opinion essay aimed for publication online or in a magazine or newspaper. Nothing happens unless voices are heard.

Some do's and don'ts for this type of writing:

1. check your facts

2. write in logical sequence

3. address the problem but try to give possible solutions, too

4. give a reason why you're writing

5. write whatever you can back up

1. ramble on and on

2. rant

3. write on hearsay, do have the facts available

4. repeat over and over; state whatever once and move on

5. write what you cannot defend

There are many who try to change the world through protests and marches. Writers can help to change the world with words. They can do it from home. They can reach myriad groups of people.

Martin Luther knew the power of the pen. Even nearly 500 years later, that has not changed. Unless you want to exchange keyboard for pen!

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