Do you love to write? I know business writing isn’t often fun, most of the time it isn’t, but do you love the sound of words in your head and do you revel in getting the right words in the right order?
Maurguerite Henry was a spectacularly successful author of children’s books in the 1950s and 1960s. On her acknowledgment page of Album of Horses, illustrated by the gifted and earnest Wesley Dennis, she writes this:
Dedicated to these horsemen
who drove me on with kindly spurs
And then, after naming twenty or so people in great detail, full name,
title, organization, she pens this:
these libraries who provided roomy stalls and plump kernels of fact
To be clear, in this politically incorrect time, she lists several women under the name ‘horsemen’. Horse people understand, even if the socialists in the teacher’s lounge at Berkeley do not.
Let’s not lose this moment: this is a writer who loved writing. It shows! As Denzel would say in the movie Training Day, “Oh, so you get it now?”