Wisdom from a Wordsmith – Episode 4

Just like every snowflake has its own pattern and each person has its own fingerprint, each author has his or her own voice and style. I have always been an avid reader, but since I became an author, I have come to appreciate the diversity in writing even more. Reading other authors’ works calls me to a higher standard and helps me grow as I notice remarkable word choice and beautifully rendered literary elements!

Since I branched into writing fantasies, I am spending more time reading and reflecting on authors’ works in that genre. And, I am seeking to connect with my peers in that realm! Hence, I met Sarah Sanchez via the Children and Middle Grade Fantasy Books Facebook group.

Last night, I asked her two of my favorite questions for authors. Here are her words of wisdom:

What inspired you to become an author?

I don’t have a big moment where I wanted to become an author. I began by just trying to see if I could write a story in college. As I did, I found I enjoyed it. Since then, I have continued to write and love it.

What I love about Sarah’s answer is that it is so opposite of what I am used to hearing. So many people over the years have said, “I’ve always wanted to be an author. Maybe someday…” But, they never take the time to put their dreams on paper. Sarah, on the other hand, just thought she would give it a try, stuck to it, and loved it! Good for you, Sarah!

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

My advice for aspiring authors is never to stop trying and to find people who will read your manuscripts and tell you what’s wrong with them instead of just saying they are great.

Sarah’s advice is so important, not only about writing, but life in general! Honesty is so crucial for personal and professional growth. True friends don’t let you hang onto bad habits or wrongful thinking forever. One reason I love to read my books out loud to my husband is because I know he will tell me the truth. Patrick lets me know if something doesn’t make sense or if a character is acting in a manner that is not in keeping with his or her personality. Trust me, it hurts when someone critiques your “book babies”, but it is a hurt that makes your voice and writing stronger and wiser.

Best wishes for a successful launch day, S.T. Sanchez!

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