The last six months have been a bit of a ride – not only writing and publishing my first novella, but being plunged into the depths of marketing. In the midst of it all, I have not had as much time to just do what I love – write.

Today, I got re-inspired. A writing club at a local high school contacted me through the Writers Guild of Alberta and asked me to come speak to them about writing. Sure, I replied. They said, they couldn’t pay me … but I didn’t care. I knew I would probably get loads more back, and I did.

Five young women showed up – Maddi, Marley, Pauline, Nicole and Esther – who were all extremely well-read. I asked them what their favourite books were and I was thrilled with the diversity of their replies: David Eddings, Orson Scott Card, Gail Carson Levine, Brent Weeks, and even Graphic Novelist Ben Templesmith.

And most interesting to hear … they weren’t too impressed with “Twilight.” When talking about Bella, the main character, one of the students commented: “The whole book might as well be like: ‘insert yourself here’ for the character of Bella. No one is that average.”

 Insightful comments indeed.

To be honest, I’m not sure what I could offer them … they all had fresh ideas and interesting perspectives – their story ideas varied from wanting to write about old forts and the thick mud travellers used to have to deal with to people’s nervous habits. The only thing they really needed to hear was to pursue – and just keep writing and reading. Writing and reading.

 A message I needed to remind myself with.

In the end, I did get paid… with a lovely bouquet of flowers and re-inspiration. And most importantly – a list of books to check out …  An author really can’t ask for anything more, can they?

4 thoughts on “Payback”

  1. Flowers! The best “Payment” ever! (Next to cold hard cash, of course! Ha!!) Glad this went so well for you. It IS inspiring, isn’t it?

  2. I disagree. I think you have more to offer them than what can be contained in your physical body or in one visit (or, as John Mayer puts it, you’re “bigger than your body gives your credit for”). You’ve written about something that you’re interested in, and it became published. You’ve introduced your work to the public and stuck by it through out the publishing machinery. I’d say what you have to offer them is yourself, which is much, much, much more valuable than a speech by James Patterson or Stephanie Meyer or Frank Miller. Hands down.

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