The motto for Wittenberg University, my alma mater, is “Having Light We Pass It On To Others.” I’ve been thinking a lot about that call to action. I especially thought of it a few days ago when I was notified that one of the students in my first writing workshop won a young author award for the story she wrote in my class.
I’ve learned a tremendous amount, culminating from my years as a creative writing undergrad and the past eight years I’ve spent immersed in the publication industry. I have so much to share—to pass on.
I’ve decided it’s a shame to hoard knowledge. In appropriate measure, in ways I hope will be received, I desire to impart the things that have shaped me as a writer. Those insights that have grown me.
With that, I can’t stress enough how more than anything else it is imperative that you, as a writer, search relentlessly for your own voice. Take your own road. Bushwhack if you have to. But carve out a path that makes sense for you and your journey.
And then one last thing, don’t stuff all the light down deep inside you. Pass it on.