Write In Your Unique Voice

Elder Taoist
Reciprocal
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4 min readNov 1, 2022

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There are readers and listeners who are anxious to hear your words!

Lintel hieroglyphs at Chichen-Itza observatory in Mexico. (Author’s photo)

Happy World Writer’s Day to writers everywhere, whatever language, whatever medium. Your words matter!

I used to wonder why so many people would write about a topic that had been well covered by other authors who had written excellent books.

I finally realized that, just like each of us is unique, so is our individual voice. I realized that although a particular author may have received awards for their writing in a particular area, their writing may not appeal to all readers.

Just as we all have a unique voice, we also have a unique ear.

How any individual reads and understands an author’s words can vary immensely. What sounds fascinating to me may sound dull to another person. That’s okay. There are enough readers in the world to go around.

Every story is interesting to someone. So write it. One of the wonderful things about the internet, and Medium in particular, is that there is always somewhere that your words will be read and appreciated.

There was a time when I was fascinated by Mayan culture. In particular, by Mayan hieroglyphs. And by the scribes that wrote the Mayan stories.

When I first got interested in Mayan glyphs researchers were starting to make progress in translating writings that had resisted such efforts for a century or more. I even took a class in translating such glyphs as much of the work that was being done in translating was by amateurs such as myself.

In the years since, almost all available Mayan writing has been translated. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of it. While the Mayans had books, all but four of them were destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors and the priests that travelled with them.

Aside from those four books, there is writing on stones in the ruins of Mayan buildings, such as in the photo above. In addition, many of the Mayan artifacts, particularly pots, had hieroglyphs.

Images and translations of these writings have been gathered and shared and tell an interesting story of the Mayans. As a result, the history of the Mayan civilization is becoming clearer many centuries after the scribes that wrote their stories have passed on.

With the internet, words you write today will persist for as long as human civilization exists. So, if in doubt, write. Who knows who you will affect with your writing centuries or millenniums from now?

Thank you for reading!

I am frequently inspired by other writers on Medium. Here are some I’ve particularly enjoyed reading recently:

My article was prompted by

’s thoughful piece reminding us that today is World Writer’s Day:

reminds us just how important libraries are to our communities. This is especially true for us that are called to write. Where else would we be exposed to the wonderful words of the writers that came before us?

discusses some of the misconceptions many of us have about mental health issues, particularly as they relate to depression. I encourage you to read her piece and increase your awareness of the issues that people in your life may be dealing with.

I wish to thank new people who recently chose to follow me and my writing. Your interest encourages me to continue writing.

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Thank you for following me.

And finally, I want to thank

, , and as the editors of Reciprocal for the incredible support they provide to writers.

I wish you well!

The Elder Taoist ☯

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Elder Taoist
Reciprocal

Septuagenarian Autistic/Asperger with HSP and OCD tendencies. Does math for fun. Endlessly curious about connectedness of nature, from stars to trees to bugs.