Friday, November 12, 2010

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


Bish Denham said...

I like that quote!

Laura Pauling said...

Congrats to the winners! And that would be so cool to go to a writer's workshop for kids!

Becky Levine said...

Great quote. And Yay!! Sending you my snail mail!

Kristan Hoffman said...

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"!

Katie Anderson said...


Kelly Polark said...

So true!
And I like your slot machine to pick the winners! Cool!

Susan R. Mills said...

I love that quote! Congrats to the winners!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Writers are people who write. Yes!!

Congrats to Jackee and Becky! ;-)

JEM said...

I agree! Also your name picker makes me want to go gamble. Come on, three sevens!

Krispy said...

Yep! Good thing to keep in mind.

Congrats to the winners!

Happy weekend!

Lori W. said...

That was one of my favorite quotes, too. Congrats. to the winners. I have more books to add to your TBR pile, BTW. :)

Lenny Lee said...

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

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great quote! Congratulations to the winners. (I love the slot machine!)

Jackee said...

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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