Good writing can change the world. For that matter, everything you do can change the world. If you step on a bug, the world is changed. If you help someone across the street, the world is changed. It is the predicament of our existence that our actions – direct results of living – impact the world and constantly alter it. It is safe to say that by being alive, the world is changed. Writing, too, is a tool for change, but it can be change by way of leaping into the unknown. It is at once deeply personal, and if shared, widely public.
Good writing changes the world by navigating to audiences our simple actions may not be able to reach. Good writing can be immutable or protean, depending on context and reader. It can be a user manual written in a way that engages an audience and makes it easy to troubleshoot a software system, allowing healthcare claims to pay so that a small-town doctor can spend more time with his sick patients and less time on the phone with the billing company. It can be a well-crafted proposal that wins funding, allowing a company to work on a solution to childhood hunger in an inner-city neighborhood in Brooklyn. It can be a novel that investigates and exposes a foreign culture, allowing readers to be more accepting of their neighbors.
Good writing can do anything. And I’ve dedicated my life to it.