January 9, 2009

Fellow Scribblers, Please Remember . . .

A wonderful e-mail landed in my e-mail box the other evening. Here's an excerpt:

"I think your book inspires young girls to be courageous. It has inspired me to make a difference in this world, and it gave me hope to be courageous, too." -- Lauren, 12

We writers sit in quiet spaces, day after day, word wrangling. We work alone and when we are very brave, we shout our words into the universe in the form of stories and poems and books. We shout with faith, even though we're not sure our words will be heard, understood or appreciated.

Lauren, thank you for the reminder that our words affect, influence and, when we're very lucky, inspire.

3 comments:

Paul R. May said...

Wonderful, Donna!!

I wonder if she has any idea how much of an impact her words had on you...

It's worth the struggle... when you hear words like that... when you know you've really reached out and touched another human being... It's worth everything.

Wow...

photonz said...

It's a beautiful email Donna. The highest form of praise may be to inspire. And yet here is Lauren giving inspiration right back at you. Thanks for sharing it.

Paul

Wild About Words said...

Dear Pauls,
Thanks so much for your comments!
Donna