Has Anything or Anyone Inspired You Lately?
by Joanne Troppello
If you watch the news for more than five minutes, it’s likely you’ll come away feeling depressed or upset about bad things happening in our world and all the political drama that goes on.
If you go online and scroll through your social media feeds, it can be easy to get jealous over someone’s supposedly awesome life or become frustrated by rude people sharing opinions without them thinking of the consequences.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a small group of young aspiring writers and I came away from that afternoon very inspired myself.
It was very encouraging to see young people with such a strong desire to follow their dreams. They asked me about writing, the publishing industry, marketing your work and so many other questions—however, the main thing I took away from that inspiring experience was for me to get back to basics.
Getting Back to the Basics
Yes, as authors, we strive to write the best books. We work hard to market our name and get in touch with as many readers as we can. However, are we losing ourselves in the process? Are we losing touch with family and friends—and valuable writing time—when we spend so much time online promoting our books and engaging with followers?
I found myself thinking about this as I drove home from the speaking event. I had told the students to always strive to be true to themselves and not to try to mold their work to fit a specific publisher’s wants. If they remain true to themselves and write from their hearts, they will find the right publisher who is looking for exactly what they have to offer.
The search may take time, but if this is their dream to get published, I told them to persevere and not give up.
Following Your Dreams
I handed out some information on writing websites, tips for writing, ideas on how to journal, and other useful starting points. They all seemed to really appreciate the helpful resources.
One comment from one of the students that really impacted me was that she said—this is my dream and I’m going to make it because I’m not giving up. Simple but so true and words for every author to live by.
I’ve been writing for a long time now and every now and then, it’s good to rock the boat and learn from young people—people who still know how to dream.
I’m trying to keep that dream alive in my heart…the dream of a 15-year-old sophomore student. A dream that began when my English teacher so greatly impacted my life and I knew this was IT for me.
I wanted THIS. I wanted to be a writer, and nothing was going to stop me. It took a while for me to get here. I have so much further to go, but I’m here for the long haul and want to enjoy the ride and all that God has in store for my life.
Has anything inspired you lately? I’d love to hear about it.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs.