“The Writing Life in Nebraska”
by Sally J. Walker
I am here to shout to the world that my thoughts and words, my commentaries, my stories and characters are ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with any other writer from anywhere else! I may be a child of the plains but I am a resident of the world, the Universe. Without excuses, without explanations, I am ready to earn the respect due my Heartland-fed efforts.
Nebraska is a land of diverse geography and even more diverse population. A common element the Nebraska Writers Guild has discovered is the writers who persevere in every county from rural to urban environment. Passion for the power of the written word is alive and well in this state in the middle of the Heartland of the United States of America.
With those positive pronouncements in mind, I contemplate the difficulties we endure. Despite the international reputations of several of our state’s institutions of higher learning, people from either coast still think us backwards and a tad ignorant. Despite the flourishing use of the Internet and many other social medias, many think us unsophisticated and more rustic than cosmopolitan. The evidence of renowned Nebraskans who have risen to the epitome of their various professions in the past and present seems lost on these same short-sighted people.
Well, I am here to shout out to my fellow Nebraskans, young and old, to join me in making every day a “Write Across Nebraska” day, to learn everything we can about our art and craft, to support our peers as they perfect each project until it is the best it can be and finally to market our thoughts, words, commentaries, stories, characters to the rest of world . . . until no one doubts our quality of life and all recognize our leadership in the pursuit of excellence!