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  • Writer's pictureDavid Hal Chester

Do Not Walk Away

The industry is changing. AI is creeping into everything we do. Do writers actually have a purpose anymore, other than feeding prompts into software and letting the software do all the heavy lifting? I don't know. I'm not sure. But as long as I still have a voice, I will write. It is not easy with everyone screaming and yelling and ranting and raving. I feel like the world is on fire and it doesn't matter what I say. But it has to matter. I must make it matter. And I'll start by making a commitment. A promise. To meet a self-imposed deadline. No one is hiring me right now; my schedule is my own. I don't have to craft someone else's stories, only my own. So the commitment is to come back to this blog at the end of August with a rought draft of an idea that has been gnawing at me for years. An idea that feels right to me. I let certain people convince me otherwise -- until now. Fear is my worst enemy. I can't say why, but I woke up yesterday thinking: It doesn't matter what other people think; it doesn't matter whether my idea is good or bad; it doesn't matter whether it's commercial or not. It only matters if I write it. If I don't write it, then... what? Fear wins. Fear doesn't deserve to win. Truth, spirit, dreams, creativity -- all the things that shape your voice -- those are the things that deserve to win. So, the message of today's post is: if you have a story (AND I KNOW YOU DO), don't let the naysayers crush you. They revel in that. Listen to your GUT and do what's right for you and your story. Do NOT walk away from your gifts. Walk toward them!

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