By: Joshua S. Proud
I was doing some research when I came across an idea: what makes the “best” writers in history the “best” writers in history? I found a list, and Dr. Seuss is included. Why? Are there really no other amazing writers out there that deserve that spot more than him?
According to an article on pagely.com, a good/successful writer “evokes emotion. Good writing connects things. Good writing tells a story that the reader can relate to. Too often, writers only judge themselves against other writers. Those with better vocabularies and slicker prose seem, by all technical accounts, to be the best of the group. It’s enough to think that good writing, and becoming a good writer, requires formal education.”
Dr. Seuss is a successful writer because of this. Think about it: when you were young and you or someone read you Dr. Seuss you connected to it, right? At least I did. It did make me feel something. Apparently, Dr. Seuss wrote for eight hours a day. His works are more complex than meets the eye. Green Eggs and Ham was written on a $50 bet. The challenge was to write a book with only 50 words, and he did. It is not easy to deliver on that. So I guess if what the article on pagely is true, then Dr. Seuss could be considered one of the best writers in history.
So, the question now is how do we student and faculty writers become successful writers? I think the first step is putting yourself out there. I know for a fact that many authors have been rejected and then later published. J.K Rowling, for instance, her Harry Potter series was rejected before it was published, but why? She is one of the best writers in history or at least one of the most successful. If we do not believe in ourselves who will? One of us could make this list one day. You know that saying “diamond in the ruff?” Yeah, I believe that to be valid in life very frequently.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, one of us could be considered a “best” writer in history one day.