Urged to dig a little further, I put on my hardhat. Nothing showed up under Snopes, but Google led me to a wonderful list of lessons. Regina Brett is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She made a list of 45 Life Lessons and 5 to Grow On. I'm going to study them a bit more, and probably add one or two of my own.
But. Number 18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
This is a Great Truth. One I have heard before, and one proven out via tweets from writers in the last few days. I love Great Truths.
A WRITER WRITES.
If you're a teacher, you teach. A painter, you paint. An accountant, you account. Er . . . or something. But you do it.
If all you have is five minutes during a demanding day to do what you are, then do it for five minutes. If you don't, you're cheating yourself.
If you have hours to do what you are, and don't have to think about dinner or chores or other responsibilities, stifle your giggles and get on with it.
DO WHAT YOU ARE.
If you're a writer, write.
I know what you're doing now. The question is, what are you doing next?
CR: Still reading the Stephen White. (I've told you I'm a slow reader.)
It's all better with friends.