I'm not a chicken farmer.
I'm an international best-selling author.
The scenario is always the same. I walk into a party. People inevitably ask me what I do. I mention that I’m a writer, an author, been writing since the late seventies. There is always a pause. Always a tentative in-breath. Then their eyes brighten and they lean in to share a secret. “I’ve got this great idea for a book…”
The reason that almost everyone wants to write is because everyone (no exception) has a story to tell. There’s no such thing as a boring life. Whether you’re a timid teen or an anxious grown-up, whether you’re married half a century or never at all, whether you’re a receptionist or an elephant keeper, a cashier or a stripper, a millionaire or elementary school janitor, absolutely everyone has lived through hell, heaven, desire, disappointment, and drama. It’s simply not possible to be human and not have a story to tell.
Excerpt from Chapter One, THE POWER OF WRITING BADLY: A Mini-Manifesto for the Struggling Writer
copyright 2017 Marcia Zina Mager
“Marcia liberated the writer in me!
Not only will she inspire you to write but she’ll help you uncover
what you truly want to say.”
- H. Wong, Boulder, Colorado