I was playing a little game with a friend of mine the other day.
The point of the game was to find as many words that rhymed with ‘flight’ in under one minute.
I thought I did a great job by coming up with eleven words. Little did I know that that was just minor league.
Because she totally destroyed me.
She came up with about twenty-three valid words and some of them were really good: candlelight, oversight, delight, …
Afterwards, I learned that she’s an ardent scrabble-player and that she knows a lot of words.
Great for her.
She acted like the win was no big dig deal but she couldn’t resist teasing me a little.
‘I thought you were supposed to be a writer?’
Everyone’s A Writer Now
It’s funny how people can surprise you.
I’ve known my friend for a couple of years now and I never heard about her mad scrabble skills.
Come to think of it, I feel like she hustled me.
I’m kidding of course, I don’t want to come across as a sore loser. I can take a loss, you know.
Once in a while.
But anyway, let’s move one.
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Yes, people can surprise you.
One of my friends is a police-officer and I’ve known him for eight years now.
And the other day, while I was telling him about my writing challenge, he mentioned that he was a writer as well.
I remember thinking:
‘Ok buddy, you’re a writer now too? I guess everyone’s a writer now.’
So I asked him if he was writing yelp-reviews for doughnut-stores.
Too easy, I know, but sometimes I just need the lay-up.
His answer banished the smile of my face:
‘I have one novel published and now I’m working on my second novel.’
Not A Competitive Sport
Yes, I know.
My friend, who has a full time job protecting us from dangerous criminals (and littering teenagers), has already published one novel in his free time.
That made me jealous and sad for a second.
Because for the last couple of months, I was priding myself in writing every day.
But the more I talk about that, the more people show up who are crushing me in the writing arena.
Luckily, the negative feelings never last long.
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Because I understand that writing is not a competitive sport.
My sister, my friends, some of my fellow traders and a lot of other people in my environment are secretly (or not so secretly) writing amazing stuff.
But it’s a good thing and I see two possible explanations for that phenomenon.
Either it’s just one of those crazy coincidences or writing as an activity is on the rise.
I definitely hope it’s the latter.
The Great Equalizer
Society needs writers.
Without them, normal public discourse would break down.
Because writing forces you to take a break from the madness and think things through before you write them down.
Writing also allows all of us to be creative and imaginative. And last but not least, writing gives us all a voice.
Writing is the great equalizer.
So I shouldn’t be mad that others are doing better in this writing arena because writing is not a zero-sum game.
We can all win at the same time.
And frankly, that’s what we’re doing when we’re writing.
We’re all winning.
I am competitive though.
Some would say a bit too much.
Just now, I caught myself looking up words that rhyme with ‘kite’.
You never now that there might be a rematch and this time I want to be prepared.
The only thing that matters in life is that you’re improving.
I honestly think I’m doing that and I can tell by my lows.
They keep getting higher.