This tag is something we really need. It’s hard to remember that you’re not alone. I’m an introvert and I don’t love spending time with people (well, okay, I do, but it drains me and sometimes I can’t handle it), but I need friends to remind me that I’m not the only weird, introverted teenager with a story to tell. It’s easy to think of myself as unique (in a bad way, like no one will ever understand me), and I’m so grateful to everyone who’s reminded me that I’m not alone. That I have a community. That there are others who like classic books, need time alone to recharge, have an Andrew Peterson obsession, are fangirly and serious at once…
Everyone needs a community – people who are like you, people who remind you that you are not alone. If you don’t have a group of people who encourage you, I hope and pray that you find one, and I volunteer to be the first person in it (whether or not we have things in common). I’ll be your encourager and I’m going to start with this blog post.
You need people. People to remind you that you’re not alone. People to inspire you. People to wrap their arms around you and convince you again that you’re going to be okay. People to remind you that the lies you’re starting to believe aren’t true.
– Amelie, “Project Inspire“
- Thank the blogger whose blog you first saw the tag on, and link to their blog. (That’s Amelie – thanks so much, mellon!)
- Link back to the creator of the tag. (That’s Jenna Terese – please check out her awesome blog.)
- Answer the questions given (when you mention a person in your answers, link to their blog/website if they have one).
- Include 5 of the biggest things you’ve learned about writing, and how they’ve change you.
- Don’t tag anybody. 😉 We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to take part in this.
- At the end of your post, leave the open invitation to any of your readers that wants to do the tag.
the questions + my answers
Note: I decided not to look at anyone else’s answers while filling this out, so it will be just my thoughts, not influenced by Amelie or Jenna or any of the other writers who’ve done this tag. I encourage you to read their posts for even more writerly inspiration.
Who’s someone who’s inspired and motivated you to pursue writing?
My best friend (since birth!), Bent Rumble. (That’s not her real name, in case you were wondering. Sometimes I call her Drift or Loki, too.) She has pushed me to continue writing no matter what, and the way she both loves my writing and critiques it makes me want to continue. Thank you so much, Drift ♡♡♡
Also, to all my alpha readers (and anyone who’s read my work): when you rave about it, it makes me want to write more. (But please don’t rave unless it’s rave-worthy.)
Finally, I must mention Mrs. Carolyn Burns. She’s a member of my church who reads and comments on my blog, as well as encouraging me in person. Thanks, Mrs. Burns, for inspiring me to work harder, write better, and share God’s truths. You’re amazing.
Who encouraged you when you felt like giving up?
This has nothing to do with writing, and she probably won’t even remember it, but my other best friend Marcellus Tron (again, a pen name – aka Kalmar, Will, Clint, and Ron) pulled me out of a terrible bad mood a few years ago. She also reads and talks about my writing, plus she’s a great writer herself. Love you 3000, Kal!
My dad (@ Canons in Conversation) is one of the most encouraging, loving people I’ve had the privilege of knowing, and I can always count on him to remind me that I can’t get it all right and that I’m a sinner, but that I also can write a novel and finish school and pass tests and try hard. I’m so glad God gave me you, Pater.
Was there a person (or even a blog post) that came at just the right time to give you the boost or motivation when you needed it?
Jo (@ Pananaw)! We met through an online writing community and bonded over the Wingfeather Saga, writing, blogging, and… I’m very grateful that I found her blog because it’s so inspirational and she’s a very good writer who inspires me all the time.
I also love Katie Stone (@ Girl of Joy)‘s blog because it tackles real-life issues that Christian girls face today. Her post “Girl, You Don’t Have to Be Enough” really hit me hard and helped me remember that God is enough so I don’t need to be.
Who’s always been there for you, through thick and thin with your writing?
My friend StarJoy (aka Becca and Jyn) and her sister Ally, even though they live so far away, will always be two my biggest inspirations and encouragers. I wish we lived nearer to each other, I’m so glad I know them, and I’m incredibly grateful for their feedback and friendship. Cedar pals in saecula, amicae!
Who’s helped you make your writing better, wasn’t afraid to give you honest feedback, and helped improve your craft?
This award goes to a lot of friends. Let’s make a list:
- Ellie (@ Blue Jeans Summer)
- Esther (@ Damsels Digress) (who I don’t think has read any of my writing but helped me nonetheless)
- Havilah (who encourages me simply by existing and writing)
- Josiah (who probably doesn’t remember editing one of my stories but changed the way I see myself as a writer)
- Kellyn (whose success pushes me to try harder)
- And of course, my sister and best friend, Maeve (aka Maraly and Elly). Even though you don’t read most of my writing and we never agree on genre or style, you’re amazing and you make my days better. I write and write, hoping that someday, I’ll write something you’ll love. (Maybe The Banner Bearer?)
Who’s given you doses of healthy laughter that brightens your day and brings a smile to your face?
Penny (@ Jane Austen’s Lightsaber)‘s blog never fails to make me happy.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
Make the best thing you can, and love it as hard as you can, and let it go loose in the world, and watch what happens . . . Let it be beautiful and adventurous and even terrifying. Let it go free. Don’t be afraid.
– Jennifer Trafton
Is there someone you just want to take a moment to thank, for anything?
My mother (@ Bramblewood Knoll) is amazing, brave, strong, courageous, loving, creative, and a huge inspiration to me. Thank you and love you, Mum.
What author and/or book inspired you to write better stories and motivate you to strive to give your message to the world?
So many! Firstly, I cannot ignore J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Rich Mullins, G.K. Chesterton, Jane Austen, and L.M. Montgomery: the no-longer-living yet forever-inspirational storytellers who have affected my childhood and teen years so much. Thank you. I’ll tackle you with hugs and questions in heaven 😉
Living authors who’ve changed me and my story:
- Andrew Peterson (The gospel gives me hope, and hope is not a language the dark voices understand.)
- N.D. Wilson (Do not resent your place in the story. Do not imagine yourself elsewhere. Do not close your eyes and picture a world without thorns, without shadows, without hawks. Change this world. Use your body like a tool meant to be used up, discarded, and replaced. Better every life you touch. We will reach the final chapter.)
- Nadine Brandes (I’d handed over my pride, my cowardice, and my relationships. In return, I found life.)
- Jonathan Rogers (Live the life that unfolds before you. Love goodness more than you fear evil.)
- S.D. Smith (It is what it is, but it is not what it shall be.)
- Jennifer Trafton (You have to be brave to be an artist. You have to squeeze your fear down deep in your chest and make something new.)
- K.B. Hoyle (True love is born of time and trials, and it is rarely caught up in feelings.)
What piece of advice do you want to give to other young writers?
If you want to be a writer, then write. It doesn’t matter if the content you’re creating is phenomenal or mediocre or terrible. If you don’t write, then you’re not a writer. But if you write – oh, that’s when you’ll grow! You’ll do amazing things once you start. So pick up a pen (or a computer) and write.
You can get better at writing. You can learn grammar. You can study punctuation. You can find an audience.
But only if you write first.
5 6 things I’ve learned about writing and how they’ve changed me
- You don’t have to be the best. I used to think I’d never be good enough. When I learned that I could let go and be my best (rather than the best), I realized that I could actually write.
- You don’t have to wait to write your great novel. I didn’t think I could write a novel until I graduated high school (that was one of my weirder beliefs as a kid, and it’s totally wrong). Wherever you are, you can write. Now.
- Writing is like cooking. Thanks to N.D. Wilson, I learned that writing is like cooking. I will gladly explain to anyone who wants to know.
- Read a lot. Everyone says this. (It’s true.)
- Writer’s block is a myth… until you’re convinced you have it. You can always write no matter what, but it definitely can be hard.
- Have more than one project. At least if you’re like me. I procrastinate and get bored easily with my projects, so I have between 2 and 5 main WIPs (works in progress) going at once all the time. When I’m bored with one, I switch. (Sorry to all my alphas who want more of Remnant, but now I’m on a historical fantasy about Nero. And a contemporary retelling of Fiddler on the Roof. I promise I haven’t abandoned you!)
the copy-and-paste-able questions
- Who’s someone who’s inspired and motivated you to pursue writing?
- Who encouraged you when you felt like giving up?
- Was there a person (or even a blog post) that came at just the right time to give you the boost or motivation when you needed it?
- Who’s always been there for you, through thick and thin with your writing?
- Who’s helped you make your writing better, wasn’t afraid to give you honest feedback, and helped improve your craft?
- Who’s given you doses of healthy laughter that brightens your day and brings a smile to your face?
- What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
- Is there someone you just want to take a moment to thank, for anything?
- What author and/or book inspired you to write better stories and motivate you to strive to give your message to the world?
- What piece of advice do you want to give to other young writers?
If you are a writer, then I invite you to do this tag! And please tell me if you do; I’d love to read your answers.
If you want to know how writing is like cooking, write a comment and ask. I’ll gladly share.
Go therefore and WRITE,