While many writers blog for themselves, the ones that we gain the greatest benefit from, are the writers that cheer the rest of us on and equip us with the knowledge we need to add finesse to our writing skills. Today I would like to thank and introduce you to one of my favourites, Lauren Sapala.
In her own words: I’m a writer who has always struggled with writing. I took creative writing classes in college, hated them and did miserably. Then I stopped writing altogether for six years. When I finally embarked on writing my first novel it took me two years to finish the sloppy first draft and another four years to revise it. Hardly anyone knew how much writing meant to me, or that it was the thing I felt born to do, because I hardly ever talked about it. I was embarrassed and ashamed that writing was so difficult for me and that it took me such a long time to produce anything.
“During this time I scoured the online world looking for guidance. I found a lot of blogs devoted to agents and publishing, and a lot of online writing guides. But I never found what I really needed, which was someone to tell me that I wasn’t crazy. Someone who could say, “Look, it doesn’t matter that you haven’t ever written a novel before, you have it in you to do it, you just have to try.”
I have been following Lauren’s work for a few years and have been delighted to have her as a guest blogger and to have reblogged her excellent work. She is a must-share on Twitter and if you visit her blog, you’ll see why. Please support her, subscribe to her and by doing so, know that you’re also doing yourself a huge favour.
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Lauren, when you have the time, here are the rules for passing the award on.
- You are welcome to give it out as many times as you like, but it is only to be given to a maximum of one person per blog post. If you wish to give multiple rewards, please space the blog posts so the sincerity is maintained.
- Introduce the person; say how they encourage, help or inspire you; then link to their work and/or social media profiles. There may be a specific post you wish to link to which helped you. It’s up to you.
- Please publicise your award post to Twitter or Google Plus using the hashtag #writtenkindness so that others can find and follow the award winners.
This award is open to anyone to use. You don’t have to receive it, in order to be able to give it. Once you have received it, it isn’t obligatory that you must pass it on.
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