Here in the U.S. we’re celebrating our founding today. It’s kind of a like a country-birthday. And we’re celebrating by shooting fireworks sky high (much to the chagrin of my poor dogs). This country has been around a little while now. We’ve been through a lot of changes and repeated a lot of history.
But, wow! We were given a unique gift by the founders. It’s remarkable to me that a group of men tasked with setting up a government had the ethical fortitude to craft one with limits on itself!
Okay, enough with the history lesson! What does this have to do with writing?
As a writer, one of my favorite limits found in the Bill of
Writes Rights goes like this:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petitition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That’s the very first amendment they added! They wanted to make sure the government wasn’t allowed to regulate when and how we could express ourselves.
We authors can write whatever we want without having to hold to safe and approved speech. There aren’t creepy jails awaiting anyone who thinks outside the predefined box!
So, to celebrate independence and the insightful forethought of the founders, I’m hoping to get some writing done sometime on the 4th. (Hey–I have a bunch of little kids. Most of my writing plans are “hopes” at this point in my life.)
What about you?
If you’re not from the U.S., feel free to celebrate our birthday with me and get some writing in on the 4th as well. The more the merrier when it comes to birthday celebrations!