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Life’s Little Moments; Generations Apart And Growing Together

“Little moments that mean so much.

I received a text message from my little brother a couple days ago that put a smile on my face.  It was a double pleasant surprise.  I am very close to all my siblings, but don’t get to talk to them on a regular basis.  I now live in the Greater Seattle Area and they are all back home in Indiana.  Due to the distance, I don’t get the interaction with my nieces and nephews that I would like.  I was thrilled to see the text appear on my phone.  The context of the message made me smile even wider.   Truly one of life’s little moments.

My brother was texting me to let me know that my nephew (his son) has a passion for writing.  He wants to be an author and my brother was contacting me because not to long ago, I discovered the same passion.  Knowing I have this new found passion, Kene was simply asking that I might have a little conversation with Sy (named changed for privacy purposes) for encouragement to keep on writing.”

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Sy is eleven years old and is more on the quiet side.  Being an introvert myself, I totally get where he is coming from when he preferred not to talk on the phone.  There is also the distance between Washington and Indiana, he hasn’t grown up knowing Aunt Teresa like he would if I still lived there.  My brother gave me Sy’s phone number and suggested I reach out through a text.

The bridge between Miles and Generations – Now under construction.

This is so cool!  I have been asked to encourage a young person who loves to write and it just so happens he is my nephew!  As I entered Sy’s number into my contacts a few thoughts occurred to me.  I have only been writing a little over three months, I didn’t take any online courses or do lengthy research before jumping in to it and only took one course years ago geared towards writing.  What exactly am I going to say and what advice do I really have to offer?

I sent the first text and he responded immediately.  There was no lull in our texting conversation.  I could feel immediately he truly has the passion.  Our short volley of texts was amazing in my eyes.  Sy told me he mainly likes to write fiction (“fantasy” in his own words).  I let him know what platforms I use for article ideas and suggested he uses some of his own adventures, changing or adding characters and events.

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I walked away with so much from that day and hoping just maybe a budding author is in the works.  My hope is maybe he got something out of it as well.  The best advice I could offer, was to just keep writing and sharing his work. Write what he enjoys and feels at the time to make it fun.  We made a deal, Sy and I did.  With his dad’s help he will send me one of his stories and in return I asked him to read my article “Three Little Superheros Grow Up; A Story For My Sons”  and let me know what he thinks.

Learning and growing together.

In the time I have been writing, I have discovered Writer’s Block does exists!   Writing prompts (ideas) help so much!  Writing prompts also allow us to explore topics maybe not chosen before.  As well as challenge ourselves to step out of the box and stretch our Creative Imagination.

These challenges help writers, bloggers and authors of all ages!  There are plenty of websites for great ideas.  Regardless of your preferred genre, niche, writing style or age, there is certainly something out there for everyone.

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Although I am much older than he, I have a feeling I could learn a few things from my nephew as well.

 For my nephew and all the other aspiring young authors, I’ll give you two pieces of advice given to me by two different people who have influenced me the most to write.

 1.)  Write, write, write and then share.

  2.) Don’t let anyone else guide your pen, write what you love.


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Teresa discovered her passion for writing and sharing her work with others. Her drive to continue growing and learning is fueled by knowing she may be touching and helping a reader somehow. Teresa enjoys using her own personal life experiences as material for her articles. She firmly believes we as individuals have the choice as to how we look at life experiences whether they be good or bad. Teresa is a mom of three boys, seeing the outstanding young men they have become is the accomplishment that brings her the most joy in life. In her spare time she likes to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest summers and experiencing new adventures with her boyfriend of 5 1/2 years. She is an admitted football fanatic and loves the excitement of participating in Fantasy Football with her sons, boyfriend, family and friends from the Pacific Northwest, Florida and Indiana! The only work she have had published, is a poem published in Creativity Magazine when she was in the 8th grade. She has always enjoyed writing, however it wasn’t until encouraged by a professor and a few friends that she realized writing just might be the “Gift” God gave her. Teresa is preparing her Freelance/Content Writing Services for Launch in February 2017. Services are available for businesses and corporations of all sizes and also to those Bloggers wanting to enhance their own content for readers. Her ultimate goal is to have a book published based on personal experiences in her own life and hopes it is not only entertaining and engaging, but might also help some reader, somewhere, somehow.

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