Writer’s Pledge

Back in the 1960s, Buck Owens was a huge country music singer with a loyal fan base. He was beloved for his energy and style, but eventually, as an artist, he felt the need to leave his comfort zone and branch out: He began performing pop-rock songs on stage and in the studio. Some of his hard-core fans criticized this move.

Concerned that he might be losing support, Buck took swift action. He bought a full-page ad in the March 1965 issue of the Nashville-based fan magazine Music City News to announce his “Pledge to Country Music:”

I shall sing no song that is not a country song.

I shall make no record that is not a country record.

I refuse to be known as anything but a country singer.

I am proud to be associated with country music.

Country music and country music fans made me

what I am today. And I shall not forget it.

As soon as I saw it, this pledge captured my fancy. I began thinking about the idea of creating a Writer’s Pledge for myself that I would address to my readers, wherever and whoever they are. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

I will always give the best that I have within me.

I will honor my passions and go where they lead me.

I will nurture my creativity and give it wings.

I will work constantly to improve and enrich my craft.

I will push myself out of my comfort zone and write dangerously.

I will share my knowledge and enthusiasm with fellow writers.

How about you? Would you consider creating your own personal “Writer’s Pledge” – if so, I’d love to hear about it. Write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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