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A Cowboy’s Faith: Writers have their dilemmas

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“A writer is a person, who has to expose their deepest thoughts and bare their soul before unknown people.”

Somebody else said that, but it is the truth filed away among vast reference information compiled throughout a lifetime.

Writing came readily in elementary school, although not usually receiving highest marks from teachers. Reports about specific events were generally well received and rewrites of stories or encyclopedia feature summaries always found favor.

It wasn’t until high school that a personal interest in developing writing skills developed. Acknowledgement was received for the minutes written when serving as secretary of different clubs.

Elected reporter of the Future Farmers of American chapter, writing expanded as stories were printed locally and beyond. Heavy preparation for statewide newswriting competitions yielded awards leading to being selected coeditor of the high school newspaper.

College years saw additional writing opportunities serving various publications, with agricultural journalism one of the favorite college classes. That somewhat limited experience led to a lifetime professional journalist, not an affluent one but an enjoyable career.

Another has further accurately best defined what it is to be a writer: “A writer pens his thoughts and intellectually becomes naked before the world’s people, as he writes what he thinks.”

“When we are exposed before people, we become vulnerable to their opinions and criticism.”

“Writing is the exposition of the writer’s thoughts and readers often know the writer more intimately than family or friends.”

“You are loved, you are hated, and you are ridiculed by people for simply expressing your opinion.”

“You may get older, and you may change physically and mentally. But never get rid of your writing reflecting the image of your mind at the given point in time.”

“Remember, once you have exposed your nakedness, you can never ‘unexpose’ yourself.”

“An average reader who can’t imagine the pain of a writer who dares to expose his mind before unknown people.”

“If you are a writer, be ready to face huge criticism from people whose minds think in a different way.”

Everybody has a story that needs to be told and is of interest to others when written in an enlightening manner. Just because a writer likes a story doesn’t mean everybody or anyone else will.

Reminded of Second Corinthians 4:13: “The writer said, “I believe and therefore I speak.”


Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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