4 Responses to Encourage

  1. Jimm Hillis February 4, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Hags, your best is yet to come but you will have problems beating this one. thank you very much because if truth be known reading your stuff encouraged me to write.

  2. Hags February 4, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Jimm, I really feel that there are many out there, who would like to give a column a shot but are reluctant to do so. I say jump in, the waters fine, the experience is liberating…except of course when one is assailed by vile dog owners, rabid symphony lovers, stubborn feminists and mullet headed leftists.
    Anyway, your written creativity is impressive. I wish I had the love of writing that you and Scot have…for me, it’s usually a chore…ugh!
    P.S. next time we meet, I’ll divulge a secret.

  3. Margaret Barr February 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Hags, you are so right. My 10 years of writing a weekly column at the Times started with a Letter to the Editor I wrote; telling him how ‘awful’ the paper was. He liked the letter so much, he asked me to start writing a column. I didn’t think I could, but with his encouragement I gave it try. For a short time, I worked for no compensation; but then things changed (drastically) due to public feedback (mostly biting letters to the editor).I always remember telling the editor and the publisher that maybe I should start writing a ‘bit differently’ because so many were writing to the paper to ‘complain’ about me. The editor laughed and said, “Are you kidding? That means they are reading you..don’t change a thing. Besides few people write to say they ‘agree’, most only write when they disagree.” So true.
    It was the editor’s encouragement that got me started, but it was the many many positive (and yes, even the negative) calls and letters from the public that kept me going. I made so many new friends through the column; many of whom became good personal friends. In fact, my closest and dearest friendship started about 18 years ago. She (a publicly elected official at the time, who shall remain nameless here)approached me at a social gathering, with these words, “Aren’t you that ‘bitch’ newspaper columist, Margaret Barr?” I laughed said, “Yes, let’s talk.” We’ve been talking ever since.
    I, too, encourage all to write..something, anything. One never knows the positive impact your words could have on someone, somewhere. Just remember, any negativity you receive means nothing more than that someone disagrees with you; so what? But it also means they are reading you…..

  4. Hags February 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Margareet, my sweet…pay it forward and thanks for the response.

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