This past Sunday, I received the Shooting Star Award from the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation.
But the coolest part is I received it for doing something fun and interesting.
I served as a mentor to an aspiring writer. It wasn’t some huge task and it didn’t take long. She and I are going to keep in touch and she’s going to send me more pages to read.
If you’re a published author and live in the Austin area, you can become a Mentoring Author next year. It doesn’t take a long time and you’re giving back to your writing community. Just contact the Heart of Texas chapter of Sisters in Crime and let them know you’re interested in participating next year.
And if you don’t live in central Texas, consider starting this kind of program in your community. Make connections with other writers. Reach out and lend a hand. And better yet, reach out and learn. Writers can learn from each other.
From my experience, writers are some of the most giving people. A lot of writers made a difference in my life when I first started out - and are still making a difference. I urge you to be one of those writers for someone you know.
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