I heard a story last week that I thought I’d pass on for this month’s IWSG, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. The first Wednesday of every month, writers worldwide gather to offer support and discuss issues. Come join us.
A woman in the Central Oregon Writers Guild, Pat Wilson, published a children’s book, I Can’t See, But I Can Imagine, she said in 2003. Her grandmother was blind and wrote these wonderful songs she wanted to have redone. That love and wish led to writing the book.
Year in and year out, Pat and her husband go to fairs and conventions and sell her books. Maybe last year or the year before, she had it printed in braille. She started getting known in schools for the visually impaired. Recently, she’s been contacted to speak at a large writers conference next spring and to address a group of teachers for the visually impaired at a university.
I’m not telling the story as well as she did. The point is, she loves what she does. She has a passion for this book, its mission, and the work her grandmother did. She’s down to her last hundred books [she originally had 5,000 printed], and big things are starting to happen for her.
The message I gain from this story: never lose your passion, let everyone see it, and don’t ever give up. Just because not much has happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t if you keep putting the effort in. For certain, it will never happen if you don’t.