|Anne of Green Gables|
by L. M. Montgomery
~Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Anne books were some of my favorites as a child, and I still re-read them every few years. I’ve always remembered the above quote because it’s such an insightful question. Though Anne and Matthew didn’t know which they’d choose, I always knew exactly which one I’d rather be–dazzlingly clever!
In college, my creative writing professor would give us a prompt at the start of class and we’d have five or ten minutes to write. Afterwards, we had the option of reading it aloud. I never read out loud because 1) public speaking is scary, and 2) all I had was a paragraph of drivel. Some students would volunteer to read aloud, and their writing was amazing. An astounding topic, beautiful phrases, and it’d be an entire page! I was blown away by how well and how much some people can write in only five or ten minutes without revising. How I admired and envied them!
Yes, hands down, no contest, if given the choice of being divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good, I’d choose dazzlingly clever!
Now that I think about it years later, maybe those students really were brilliant, or perhaps what they wrote only seemed so dazzlingly clever because I felt insecure about my own writing. And really, it doesn’t even matter. The important thing is to continue writing, continue reading, and continue writing even more.
I can’t worry about others who seem to be doing everything sooner and better than I am. There are things I can’t always control, forces that may keep me from being published as soon as I want. But no one can stop me (or you!) from being writers! No one can keep us from writing. No one, that is, except ourselves.
Keep on writing, zigzaggers!!!
So just for fun, which would you rather be: divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good? Happy Monday and happy writing, blog buddies!!!