Write Now

In Steve Martin’s autobiography, “Born Standing Up,” he writes about his love of comedy and magic. He spent so much time as a young man observing the great comedians of his time – Jack Benny, Laurel and Hardy – before he finally became a legend himself. He found his own teachers and mentors wherever he went, who would cheer him on. He discovered books that opened up a whole new world of showmanship and performance art.

After reading only a few chapters of his book, I’m relating to one of my favorite comedians in a whole new way because I am also finally at peace with pursuing my passion–writing.

This past Sunday, I spent 2 hours in a room full of strangers at my writing workshop. I thought what I wrote in class was total shit, but it still received praise from my fellow writers.

Today, I read an article about semicolons. A whole article just on semicolons! By the way, I have a strict policy on oxford commas and the appropriate number of exclamation points to use in a blog post.

And, the cartoon below was sent to me by one of my co-workers because she knows me so well.

I also listened to the latest Grammar Girl podcast about never being too old to write your first novel. I found a top 100 list of websites for writers and wished I could justify taking the day off from work to explore every single one of them. And like an excited child waiting for her big present, I walked past the side door to my house, hoping to see the latest subscription box from Scribbler waiting for me.

Just like Steve Martin found his love of comedy and magic, I’m sitting with my passion for writing every single day with intention. And it makes me so happy.


3 comments on Write Now

  1. Carrie
    January 14, 2020 at 11:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I have to know. What is your number of appropriate exclamation marks in blog posts? I love, love, love exclamation marks!

    • Elisa Heisman
      January 15, 2020 at 8:25 am (1 year ago)

      LOL, Carrie! Okay, here it is. One exclamation point per paragraph and only in sentences that absolutely deserve one. For instance:
      Join us for our upcoming gala event. (no need for an exclamation point)
      Join us for our upcoming gala event with our special guest Jon Legend! (that deserves an exclamation point).

      Too many exclamation points, in my opinion, dilutes the excitement overall.

  2. vidya
    January 14, 2020 at 11:53 pm (1 year ago)

    I am also working on rediscovering writing via classes. And your post does make me feel inspired to keep trying. As for Steve Martin, I love him too and will check out the book.


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