Write Your Passion
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” ~Robert Frost
When I first started taking my writing seriously, I joined a writing class, led by my (now) very dear friend and prolific best-selling writer, Bonnie Hearn Hill. Everything writing skill I learned in there was invaluable. In the very beginning, she has us write a passion list. What is a passion list, you ask? It’s just a list, written in a small amount of time, of things that are important to you, things you are passionate about. The theory is that if you write what you are truly passionate about, it will come through in your writing, not to mention carry you through those days when the words come far and few between.
The clock was set for a minute, and I began scribbling furiously.
When I thought about what I wanted to write my book about, I kept returning to what I did for my day job. As an adoptions social worker (and former CPS worker), I would lie in bed at night thinking about my clients. Every one had a story worth telling. It was then I knew what it was I was passionate about: kids in foster care and adoptions.
Finding Pony (to be published in Fall 2015) is about a 15 year-old guy, Jesse Sampson and his quest to find his sister lost in the foster care system. It is a story based on true events and I can’t wait to share more of Finding Pony’s journey to publication on this blog.
Writing will always be a passion, but advocating for children who need permanent homes will always be a passion, too. There are over 500,000 orphans currently in the United States. Africa has the largest orphan population in the world, and with AIDS, that number is always rising. If you’ve always thought about fostering or adopting, think about it again. The need is so great. If you want to help but can’t adopt or foster, consider volunteering, donating, or just getting involved.
They’re counting on us.