As 2020 comes to a close, I've been thinking a lot about the people in my life who have mentored me in my writing life.
Agents and Editors
How would I describe my agent? She is the VOICE OF REASON. She helps me cull ridiculous ideas and build on those that are worthwhile, all while being stunningly optimistic. Everyone should have such a wonderful being in their writing life!
On the other hand, editors are the voyageurs, the intrepid adventurers who guide you and your book through hostile territories, pushing you onwards until you reach the real essence of the story. Miracle workers, really, they are equal parts Drill Sergeant and Truth-Teller, the kick in the pants you don't want but are lucky to get.
My agent and my editors have taught me so much, and have lead me through the jungle on MANY occasions!
Finally, some of my greatest writing mentors have been the children who read my books.
Their enthusiasm, and their truth-telling, makes me want to improve every day!
My happiest moment is when they come up with a suggestion or question that blows me away.
They are the giver of ideas, and my inspiration!
Writing often feels like such a solitary pursuit, but when I think of my mentors, I am reminded that every book is lifted up by a whole team of supporters who inspire, guide, cajole, and ultimately celebrate my writing journey.