Friday, December 12, 2014

What I Learned about being a Writer from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I always struggle with blogging balance around the holidays. I want to join in the fun, but I get a little tired of all the non-writing posts I read everywhere. Today I want to share my version of a compromise—Top 10 Things I Learned About being a Writer From Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that night. 

And it occurs to me that, as writers, there are a lot of valuable lessons in this holiday tale. 

What I learned about being a writer from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer:

1. We’re all born with a special gift. 

2. At some point we all feel like that special gift is a curse.

3. Hiding who we really are are brings out the bullies and naysayers.

4. We all need time to mature into our gift.

5. Trying to live up to the image of who others think we should be won’t bring anything but trouble and heartache.

6. True friends will see beyond our differences and embrace the essence of who we are.

7. We’re given that special gift for a reason and a purpose.

8. Running away from who we are doesn’t ever solve anything.

9. There will come a time when you have to decide to work within your gift, not around it.

And the best lesson of all . . . 
10. Being who God meant you to be will bless others as much as you.

How about you? Care to share something you’ve learned from an unlikely source? Be sure to share your thoughts below in the comments section.

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  1. Edie, Rudolph is one of my favorite Christmas shows and I watch it every year. You are right, we can learn a lot from him.

    Merry Christmas and God bless!

    1. Joan, I'm glad I brought some Christmas joy! Blessings, E

  2. Great post, Edie. Fun and thought-provoking. :)

  3. Great post, Edie! Such great lessons to learn. Thanks for pointing them out!

  4. I love the first one. We are all born with a special gift. And we shouldn't take it for granted or be embarrassed by it. Edie, thanks for being a great model of this.

  5. Edie, this is a great list! Thank you for the reminders here.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. We all need encouragement- thank you.

  7. Rudolph is my favourite reindeer. He tried so hard to be like the Comets and Cupids of the world but they just laughed at his efforts. When he took what he saw as his biggest weakness and turned it into a positive feature, then all those fickle reindeer loved him. I am feeling a lot like Rudolph these days, finally using my gifts and bad experiences as a way of helping others. And suddenly things seem easier, opportunities are becoming available effortlessly, and for the first time in many years, things feel like they are falling into place. Thanks for this fun and insightful article.

  8. Sitting here nodding as I read. I love every Red-Nosed point! Thank you, Edie.

  9. Such a refreshing post using a timeless classic. Thank you. I learn about life from Gilligan's Island. I blogged about that classic TV show this fall when it turned 50, but you've inspired me to draft a post about it in regards to writing.

  10. Edie: Thanks for the different thoughts in this post. I needed to be reminded of them.