Why It’s Good To Have A Mentor For Writing

GTD Cover_1I ease myself down into the wooden chair, carefully setting my icy cold cup of sweet tea on the table and ready myself to begin writing.  I grab my ear buds and place one in each ear.  I quickly scan the coffee shop to see if I recognize anyone.  Seeing no familiar faces in the crowd, I reluctantly lower my head as my hands hover over my Macbook keyboard.  The screen is blindingly blank, devoid of words.  I look up again desperately hoping to be distracted by something, really anything except writing.  Then, I think of my friend, Teri Case, and her diligent approach to writing and so I lower my head down once again and begin to type.  I am hard at work editing several chapters in my upcoming book Hotel Goodbyes, but today I want to reflect on how supportive Teri was when I began this project many years ago.   Accordingly, as I near the end of my project, it is only fitting that I thank her for being a true mentor.  Not a natural writer, I’ve been plagued by bad grammar and faulty sentence structures all my life.  However, Teri always told me to just keep trying and constantly expressed her belief that I might actually be good at writing after all.  Without her advice and mentorship I would have never started, let alone kept going, on this book-writing journey.  In the past few years, Teri has written a novel, Tiger Drive, authored many blogs including “a love letter to me@25,”  and, most recently, published a children’s book entitled I’m going to the Doctor?!  Her passion for writing and sharing great stories is readily apparent, and her work is engaging and honest.   I am so grateful to count her not only as a treasured friend, but an invaluable mentor, as well.  Thank you, Teri! #ThankYourMentor

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