Everything We Need

On Wednesday I attended a writer’s conference for kids. A group of authors, poets, cartoonists and screenwriters spoke, led workshops and encouraged students at an elementary school in Redondo Beach. The event was amazing and I’m hopeful that one day we can have a similar conference for kids here in Solvang.

But one thing that one of the authors said has stuck in my mind.

We already have everything we need to be writers. 

It’s inside each and every one of us. We don’t need classes or degrees or even connections. We don’t need computers, fancy software or a dsl line. All we need is an idea, and the determination to capture that idea with words. Sure, the other stuff might help. A lot. But when you come right down to it, writers are people who write.


And now, the winner of Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever is:

Congratulations, Jackee!! Email me your snail mail address and I’ll send this off to you.

And the winner of the ARC of Crossing Over by Anna Kendall is:

Congratulations, Becky!! Email me your snail mail address and I’ll send you your book.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Words written and kept on WiP: 11,018

14 thoughts on “Everything We Need

  1. Yep, I think imagination & empathy are the two most important factors in writing, and we are all born with both of them in fairly high quantities. The key is not to lose them as we spend more and more time in “the real world”!

  2. hi miss sherrie! hooray for the jackpot winners! i got wondering one time for writers in olden day they didnt have all the stuff we got like computers and cps and editors. mostly they just had a idea and wrote it. so that just like what you said. i wonder if writers now could write stuff just only with a idea and a pen and paper. i hope you have a real nice weekend.
    …hugs from lenny

  3. Yay to Becky and me!! :o) Thank you so much, Sherrie. I kind of unplugged all weekend and didn't get here in time.

    Love that quote and what a cool conference–kids need more of that. Congrats on your WIP count!

    Thanks again!

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