My name is Raven, and I am designated to write for Wednesdays. I think that, rather than listing my favorite color (green, at the moment) and what shoes I’m wearing right now (none), I should tell you all how I can to be here as a part of Silver Pens. Maybe then you will understand a little of who I am.

When this blog was first suggested, I was hesitant to join. It was barely more than an idea, just a thought that we, as writers, could come together as a group and share what advice we had to you, other writers. There was no set plan, not even a name. Heck, we didn’t even have a site designated (though I’m very glad we ended up with WordPress). There was nothing for me to be attracted to at that point. As a first-year college student, my plate is generally full. I had no idea how Silver Pens would work or what it would be other than a “group of writers writing about writing.” I didn’t know if I would have any time to dedicate to this endeavor, nor did I have any reason just then to make this a part of my life.

So what changed my mind?

I don’t know exactly what it was. I don’t know if it was the lure of a blog (I’ve always had a fondness for blogging, though I’m the first to admit I’ve never been able to stick with it for very long) or the temptation of what we were going to write about. I think it’s a very admirable thing for writers to attempt to impart their knowledge to others. We’re not teaching anyone–not by any means. We’re simply thinking out loud (or, as the case may be, on the internet). What works for us may or may not work for you, but at least this way you can see from a different point of view. That is what appeals to me.

And so here I am. I’m writing about the thing I love. Writing has never been “just a hobby” for me. It’s not something that I’m going to dabble in periodically. It’s integral to who I am, and I can’t imagine that ever changing. It’s because writing is not a hobby to me that I can look you straight in the metaphorical eye and tell you “writing is hard.” There are no natural writers. There are people for whom words may come easier than others, but every writer, no matter who they are, has put great effort into their work. They have pained over it, labored to make it the best it can be, and still they are critical of it. It doesn’t matter if this person is a published, bestselling author or a boy or girl scribbling furiously into his or her notebook between classes.

A first draft is never perfect; I believe this with my whole heart. I believe with equal passion that every first draft deserves a second and third draft after it. You deserve another chance to make your words as perfect as they will ever be. Again and again, you deserve that chance. That’s what matters. When I write about writing, I am putting my heart and soul and passion into it because I believe that your words should be written again and again. If there is a chance that any of the posts here in Silver Pens will inspire you to overcome writer’s block or disinterest, lack of motivation or discouragement, then I will keep writing. I will keep encouraging you. If, at any time, my words seem harsh or callous, remember that the underlying intent is not to drag you down; I am writing to build you up and make you stronger, to make you that much more determined to write and keep on writing. So never, never give up. If you give up, then what are we doing here?


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