Wednesday, April 9, 2014
She used those put downs to fuel her writing, to help her keep writing when she didn't want to get up, didn't want to put pen to paper or hands to keyboard.
And you know what, she's now a published author. (In case you don't know, she wrote The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal), Because of Winn-Dixie (Newbery Honor), and a The Tiger Rising (National Book Award finalist).
Kate's lesson is that it's great to have people that support you and believe in your writing. But sometimes it's also useful to have a doubting Thomas or two as well.
Those people are the majority in the world but they are so much fun to prove wrong. They are the ones who will never be writers, not because they don't believe in you, but because they don't believe in themselves.
So get out there and write--and don't let anything or anyone stop you!
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.