I'm feeling very inspired today. My classroom visit last week plays a big role in today's inspiration. But before I talk about my "classroom conversation" at an elementary school, I want to encourage my fellow writers, specifically you aspiring authors. The best advice I can give to you is to think of the end goal. Think of the possible opportunities your book will create on your behalf. Let your end goal outweigh the overwhelming book-writing process.
One goal I have for all of my books is for them to be accessible to people in (and outside of) my community. Last week, I was blessed with an opportunity to speak at an elementary school in Los Angeles. I spoke about the importance of language capital and grammar awareness (but, of course, I broke the topic down so that 5th graders would understand). I challenged the students to think of the English language as a key that opens the door to many global opportunities (e.g. writing, teaching, government affairs). I shared the short version of my career story including teaching in South Korea. I also shared some book-writing tips and answered 1,535,546 questions about writing in general. It was a fulfilling feeling to see hope in so many students' eyes, and it reminded me of the fact that everyone has a story inside of them. Whether it's fact or fiction, I strongly believe that everyone has a unique perspective, family history, or life experience that is worthy to be shared.Read More