When I was young, I’d look at a pencil and think it was magical. I imagined all the words the pencil could write, all the stories it could create. Then I thought of all the magic pencils out in the world and all the books they had written. I wanted a magic pencil of my own so I could create that magic. Of course, I realized the magic wasn’t in the pencil, but I never imagined I could posses that magic. I had always thought it belonged to others.
When I was giving a talk the other night at a local university, I was asked the question: “How do you keep on writing when it is such a difficult business?”
My response was simple: I told my story about the magic pencil. Then I said something along the lines of “If you hold onto that pencil and the magic you feel when writing, you will always find inspiration and a desire to continue creating stories.”
So, hold onto your pencil, or whatever inspires you, and keep on writing.
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