Awe and Wonder

 Since I’ve probably always been a reader and writer, I’m not sure that what goes on in my head is “normal” for other people. Well, at least not people who aren’t writers, that is. We have a cute lapel button that says, “I write to quiet the voices in my head.”  And it’s true. Writers have ideas, and places, and people yaking in their minds all the time. Sort of like an elementary school Christmas concert. Remember those? Fun, and exciting, but usually not in tune or on beat.

 Well, add to this cacophony, a holiday as wondrous as Christmas and a writer’s mind is just about on overload, with wondrous stuff. Every year around this time, I renew my dose of “awe and wonder” in the lights that brighten long, dark winter days, or in the heartwarming stories of people who have little, reaching out to help people with nothing, or through the annual cards that wing their way to our door, catching us up on family and friends that we don’t get to see anymore.

I urge you to write a story this year about a distant or elderly family member. Capture the essence of reconnecting with people in your life, immortalize their story or their personality as only a writer can. Write a poem or short story and turn it into a place card for your holiday dinner guests or keep it in your file for next year when local newspapers and trade magazines are soliciting submissions for their holiday issues!

I’ve mentioned that I had the privilege of  ghostwriting a story with a young man named Isiah Grayer, Jr. He’s 19 years old now and his personal memoir is an astounding story that is inspiring and humbling at the same time. Getting to know Isiah and his family has been one of those awe and wonder events that I’ll cherish forever.  This week, his book was published and released for sale to the public.  I encourage you to buy it and learn what you can from this incredible young man. For more on MIRACLE BOY, visit Orders can be placed through the link at the bottom of the page.(All the royalties go to Isiah and will help him pay for his college tuition.)

Catch you next week. In the meantime, I wish you warmth, friends around you, and lots of things to write about!

Keep on writing, Word Warriors!


Miracle Boy

Avail 12/20/10


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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2 Responses to Awe and Wonder

  1. Jeff Swesky says:

    No, we writers certainly aren’t normal. But who wants to be normal anyway?! Great article and I love the new blog, Nancy!! Keep up the great work!

  2. Rebekah says:

    I didn’t know you had a blog! Wonderful, inspiring stuff, Nancy. Merry Christmas!!

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