A few weeks ago, as I was teaching an online writing class, I realized that the English language must be really challenging to learn if you didn’t grow up speaking it. I’m sure I knew that before, but I was suddenly confronted with the reality of teaching writing skills to a person who did not yet completely comprehend the tiny nuances of verb tenses, correct pronoun usage, split infinitives, and other seemingly minor things that we, as native English speakers, take for granted.
On an average day most of us don’t think about whether to use a singular verb with a singular noun, at least not consciously, nor do we stop to think about whether to use a plural pronoun when you’ve just used a singular subject. But once you read something that has confused these pesky little things, you suddenly realize how difficult it must be to try to learn the English language.
Well, we made pretty good progress with this student and she was doing really well, but then the class ended. More than likely I will not have her in another class, so I trust that some of our lessons will be helpful to her as she continues on her way pursuing her education as well as in her business.
Here at RUBY magazine we do our best to walk alongside new writers and give them an opportunity to develop their writing skills and to see their stories and words in print. And I frequently am asked, “Why do you do that?” Why would I invest my time in the lives of others who have much to say, but perhaps have not had the opportunity to develop the skills to write those words perfectly? Because we all started somewhere, and we all deserve a chance to figure it out.
For those who are already published authors or accomplished writers, the world is filled with opportunities for you to have your voice heard. We welcome your stories, and your voice, here at RUBY as well. We have such a diverse group of writers and God is using each and every one of you to share His words of encouragement, hope, and grace with the readers of RUBY magazine.
But for those of you who are uncertain, or anxious, or just plain scared to get your words out of your heart and onto paper, RUBY is also the place for you. Our goal has always been and will continue to be to search for men and women who, for whatever reason, feel that they have been silenced. Perhaps you feel that your story is not important, that no one would be interested, or that you just don’t know how to say it. Let’s work together to share that story with the world!
Having been in the academic community for a number of years now, I can assure that people who are “successful” – whether as writers, teachers, or artists – are all just ordinary people with an extraordinary story to tell. Just like you. Some people have greater opportunities in life, but in God’s eyes, we are all amazing and treasured members of His family and we all have a story to tell. And the world needs to hear YOUR story, so let’s start writing it. That’s why I do what I do . . . . because I believe in you.
Best wishes for a very Happy New Year, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!