We choose to go to the Moon!  We choose to go to the Moon….  We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because the goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.

J.F.K., 1962

This weekend, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.  Much has already been written about this anniversary: about what the Apollo Program meant to the United States and to the world, about why the space program has struggled in the five decades since, about future missions that may or may not be happening.

I’m going to approach this from a different perspective, because as passionate as I am about space, there’s one thing I’m even more passionate about: writing.

I’ve blogged about this before: being a writer is a lot like running the space program.  For a writer, every small step forward feels like a giant leap.  But much like NASA scientists, writers have a tough time setting realistic budgets and deadlines for themselves.  And most significantly, there will always been doubters and naysayers who want to tell you what you’re doing isn’t pragmatic.  You’re wasting time and money.  Aren’t there other problems you should deal with first?  Writing can wait.

So today, if I may borrow the words of President Kennedy, I’d like to say this:

I choose to write my stories!  I choose to write my stories and do the other things (like marketing, blogging, etc), not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of my energies and skills, because that challenge is one I am willing to accept, one I’m unwilling to postpone, and one I intend to win.

– J.S.P., 2019

Now that I’m thinking about it, you could plug just about any goal you set for yourself into J.F.K.’s Moon speech, and it’ll probably still work.  So in the spirit of President Kennedy and the Apollo Program, what do you choose to do?

P.S.: Oh, and much like the Moon Landing, there are weird conspiracy theories about writers too.

9 responses »

  1. I remember a full time writer complaining once that she was always the first person people asked for time consuming favors, because all she had to do was that writing stuff. She eventually had to put firm restrictions on what she would allow to pull her from the writing.

    The Shakespeare conspiracy reminds me of an old scholarly joke about the Iliad, that it wasn’t written by Homer, but by another poet with the same name.

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  2. I guess you could plug in any goal. It is a little intimidating since President Kennedy gave that speech to a packed and cheering stadium. Committing to brushing my teeth twice a day just doesn’t hold muster against that backdrop.

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  3. CareSA says:

    An encouraging post for wannabee writers too.

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  4. Alien Resort says:

    Thank you JSP for the words of inspiration.

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  5. Simon says:

    I hope there are conspiracy theories about writers… 🙂

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