Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Letter to Zack

Dear Zachary,

From the first day of your birth, I knew you'd be an amazing young man. Why? Because it was the first day anyone ever called me Zack's Dad. Of all the titles and names used for me, this is the one I am proudest of.

You've grown into an amazing young man. You are one of the funniest people I know and make me laugh all the time. You don't see all the smiles that follow you when you say 'Hi' to people.

You have a way of making people's day. You brighten peoples lives and they like being around you. As for me, the best part of my day is when I come home and you run out to hug me. In that instant, all my problems go away and I'm just Zack's Dad. I love it.

You have a big heart and care a lot for others. In my opinion, this is your greatest gift. You're going to make the world a better place just by being in it - just like you make my life a better life because you're in it.

Keep the gift of caring. Not everyone has it. Use it to make a small difference in people's lives every day. All those small differences will turn into big changes in the people around you.

You're a good and creative speaker. I saw it from an early age when you would get on stage for performances. Sometimes as we get older we let fear keep us from our talents. In acting and public speaking, we call this stage fright. It makes our tummies all weird before we get in front of people to talk. Don't let the fear of failure keep you from practicing this. You're really good at it.

Like stage fright for speaking, some of us are afraid to show people our writing because they can make fun of it. Don't let this stop you from writing. School is all about learning tools to use later. Writing is one of those tools. Not everyone is great in the beginning but everyone can learn to do it. Write, become good at it, and show it to others. Take their comments to make your writing even better.

You're learning many things about writing good stories with your night writes. Try to apply these lessons to all your stories. The goal of story craft is to give information and make people feel things like happiness, sadness, anger, love, hate, or excitement. You'll be a great story teller once you learn to give information and make people feel at the same time.

Use your gifts in your writing. Let it show how much you care for those around you and be creative and funny all at the same time. You'll write things that people want to read, can't wait to finish, and will leave wanting more.