I decided to write her and ask if she remembered my family and if she had any advice for would-be writers. She wrote back, said she remembered us, and told me her wonderful writing story. Then she gave me some great advice:
Write every day. Listen to your heart. And distance yourself from anyone who steps on your dream.These are words to live by.
I really believe in my stories, I falter a bit when it comes to my skill but I know skill can be taught, creativity cannot. Though I believe in what I'm doing, I learned quickly that, even the best of people, may unknowingly be discouraging. Whether they find the whole thing silly or are particularly critical, it can damage what little belief you may have in yourself.
As quickly as I learned about these types of people, I learned just a quick to stop discussing writing with them. Instead I have found a few good people in my life who not only want to hear about my writing but are amazing with helping me brainstorm and further my story ideas.
I was thinking tonight about how lucky I am to have someone who believes in my writing more than I do and encourages me every step of the way.
Do you have someone like this in your life? Do you agree with Mrs. Jance’s advice? How can you take her words and use them in your own life?