This is a guest post by Catherine Lanigan,Catherine is the author of over thirty-five published novels, non-fiction books and anthologies. She is the author of the novelization of the movies, Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Her angel book series, Angel Tales, are collections of true stories of angelic intervention in human life. She is currently launching her first young adult series, The Adventures of Lilli and Zane: The Golden Flute. Visit her on Facebook fan page and www.catherinelanigan.com .
Today I am going to an elementary school to speak to a class of third graders about writing for their “Author’s Month”. Not only have these children written their own books, which will be on display for me when I arrive, but their teacher has assigned my first young adult book, The Adventures of Lilli and Zane: The Golden Flute, for them to read in class. Their enthusiasm for my visit caused me to think back to my own childhood and ponder my own aspirations and dreams at that time.
I didn’t really think I would be good enough to write novels, but I knew I loved adventure. My dream at that time and through high school was to be a journalist. I envisioned myself traveling all over the world and interviewing fascinating people. That didn’t happen because when I was a freshman in college I had a teacher who discouraged me. In fact, he blasted me for having a dream to write. He told me that I had “no talent”. He told me I would be a fool to pursue writing. I believed him.
Through the grace of God, and even though it was fourteen years after my Creative writing Professor had forced me to promise, “never to write again,” a journalist/author encouraged me to dust my dream off and give it a try. I have been writing ever since.
Of all the advice that I could ever give to those who dream of writing, no matter what age or their circumstance, one should never shove their heart’s desire into the back corner of their life. For those in the creative arts, whatever they are, those God-given talents must be used and shared with the world. When I met the journalist who urged me to write he said to me, “A writer must write.”
Passion for writing keeps a writer in the chair and even if the power goes out and the computer won’t turn on, there is always a pencil and paper. Nothing should stop a writer. I spent twelve years working on my young adult series, Lilli and Zane. I have enough research to fill more than a dozen books about my trio of kids who cannot escape adventure. All three kids have a PSI power. Each of them is unique and because of their gifts to see the future and move ahead in time, they are outcasts from the other kids at school. But they know who they are and they honor their special gifts.
If your dream is to write, do it fearlessly and faithfully.