Who But You?

As I prepare my writing seminar, I receive emails and comments from folks asking sadly, “What do I have to write that’s worth reading?  Why would anyone read what I have to write?” 

In Mary Pipher’s book, Writing to Change the World, she entitles a chapter, “What You Alone Can Say.”  She claims, “You have something to say that no one else can say.  Your history, your unique sensibilities, your sense of place and your language bestow upon you a singular authority.  Who but you can describe the hollyhocks in your grandmother’s backyard or the creek outside of town that you fished as a child. . . ?” 

Who but you?

Journal:  What will you write that you alone can say?