Here in New Jersey, we have a jargon all our own. You may have heard of the Jersey accent, but there is also a Jersey vocabulary. Some of this vocabulary is truncated, as in our use of the word ‘tude to mean attitude.
In Jersey, everything is attitude. But attitude in Jersey has a different meaning from what it has outside of Jersey. To New Jerseyans, attitude is chutzpah, that quality of shameless boldness that can be used for good or for bad. Fortunately, most Jerseyans choose to use attitude for good.
Especially New Jersey writers.
Jersey writers have certain success traits that could be dubbed the Jersey Attitude. Here are a few of those traits:
1) Jersey writers are determined, disciplined, and dedicated. They work hard toward their writing goals and let nothing stand in the way of achieving them.
2) Jersey writers see obstacles as opportunities for growth. They find the silver lining in the darkest cloud and make lemonade out of lemons.
3) Jersey writers never quit. They keep at their writing until they achieve their writing goals.
Whether you live and write in New Jersey or not, you can be a Jersey writer. New Jersey writers do not hold sole proprietorship on determination, discipline, and dedication. These qualities can be developed by anyone. And any writer in the world who wants to can have the Jersey Attitude.
What about you?
Copyright 2014 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All rights reserved.