Monday, May 12, 2008

More about Mom

Nicholas Sparks credits his mom for starting his lucrative writing career. When an injury threatened to end his running career at Notre Dame, his mom suggested he try something else. She told him to write a book. In Three Weeks With My Brother, Sparks describes his initial reaction:

"Until that moment, I'd never considered writing. Granted, I read all the time, but actually sitting down and coming up with a story on my own? The very notion was ridiculous. I knew nothing about the craft, I had no burning desire to see my words in print. I' d never taken a class in creative writing, had never written for the yearbook or school newspaper, nor did I suspect I had some sort of hidden talent when it came to composing prose. Yet, despite all those things, the notion was somehow appealing. . ."
~Three Weeks With My Brother, A Memoir, Nicholas (and Micah) Sparks

It's a good thing Sparks took her advice! How many best-sellers has he written?

My own mom is also a source of encouragement. She has ambitions for me! No matter what I attempt, she's my greatest supporter. Her infectious, unquenchable optimism helps me to see the glass as half full nearly all of the time.

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