Why I write and paying it forward

Every week I work with both elementary and high school students in a club I run called Y.A.C.(young authors club). The clubs are run at my children’s elementary school for grades 2nd-5th and at Mooseheart for high school girls. The creativity and magic that comes from these students mouths is amazing! I’ve always felt it’s important to give back whenever you can, or in other words,”pay it forward”. I’m hoping to inspire and help those young authors to believe in themselves and not be afraid to put themselves out there. Writing can be powerful: it has the ability to make someone cry, laugh, or sit on the edge of their seat waiting to turn the page to see what happens next. The reader can escape their everyday lives to a place where all they have to do is go along for the ride and become immersed in a world far away from the one they live in. The ability to have such an impact on someones emotions without ever knowing them, is more powerful than one can explain. With that in mind, I try to help my Y.A.C. students write with emotion and impress upon them if they want to be better writers, they need to read. And if they want to be better readers, continue to write. No matter how successful my first book is, I’ve been given the ability to help those who have a dream of some day becoming published. To have that sort of impact on young minds is more rewarding than I had ever imagined! I write not only to tell a story, but I want to invite anyone willing to come along, to visit a place special to me because I created it. And when they open the cover, I’m honored they took the time to visit.

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