Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Do the math
Every year the Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club sponsors a writing contest for public and private middle school students in our Contra Costa County. Our branch is incorporated with the mission to educate both writers and the public in the art and craft of professional writing.
It's always exciting to recognize young writers who have excelled in the areas of short story, poetry, and essay/personal narrative.
It was my privilege on Saturday to speak at the banquet honoring the winners of the Young Writers Contest, their parents, relatives, teachers, and friends. The students were presented with a plaque, a check, and generous amounts of praise and congratulations.
The person who introduced me mentioned that I was a scientist. Afterwards, a young girl came up to me and told me she was interested in math and science also, but didn't want to stop writing. Did I have any advice?
"How long do you have?" I asked.
Not really, but I did take some time to tell her she didn't have to make a choice, that if she had the passion and the discipline she could do anything and everything she enjoyed and felt she was good at.
Of course, I did tell her to do the math first!
What advice do you give young writers?