Be An Encourager, Not a Discourager

Sprinkled Notes

My column from the Albert Lea Tribune, October 24, 2016

yellow-chair-purposeOver the past few years when I speak at an author event, someone always asks me if I knew I wanted to become a writer when I was in grade school. I usually come up with an off-hand answer because I was never quite sure when the spark of creativity was born in my life. I knew it wasn’t during my elementary school years because I pretty much felt as if I wasn’t very smart or didn’t have much to offer.

It wasn’t until I listened to author Allen Eskens highlight his years in school that the lightbulb came on in my own brain. Listening to his story about his challenges in the school systems, I came to understand I wasn’t alone in my interest or noninterest in formal education in my youth. I’ve always felt guilty about the…

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  1. Thank you, Julie. I loved this! It was so encouraging. I am really changing my attitude about writing. I love doing it and I love it when readers enjoy what I write. No longer am I going to be concerned with how many books I sell, etc etc. If I make a few people happy, that’s good enough for me.

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