Archive for January 17th, 2010
When I met Nina Johnson, there was an instant feeling of belonging. You know what I mean. There are people who come into our lives who we know from the moment that we meet them they will soon be a friend. I felt like I had known her for a long time, after just talking a few minutes.
I think it was her optimism. She is someone who sees the potential good in people but not just people, but in each situation. I admired her openness. She shared her love of writing with a twinkle in her eye and I got caught up in her joy about her writing. It a great experience to watch a writer who love what she did.
Throughout her interview, I sensed that trait even more. I loved the advice she gave at the end of her time with us as she told my readers ”I would like to encourage anyone thinking of writing to start. Start big, start small, start hidden, start not so hidden but just start!” I second that. Dare to dream! Live the dream! Writer write on!
It is characteristic that I’ve experienced in the writing /illustrating community. They are a giving, caring group of people who have gone out of their way to support and urge me on. From the writer/illustrator that talked me through tech problems to the social media expert who said “Yes, You are on the right track.”, my growth as a writer is a direct result of the friendships I have developed with my writer and illustrator friends.
So I say, thanks to all who have inspired or mentored a fellow writer or illustrator as they make their way through their journey. You rock!