- Rick Riordan– Not only did he write the series that first sparked my interest in mythology at the age of 11, but the #1 New York Times bestselling series (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, in case you don’t know it) started as a bedtime story for his son! Most of you are probably well aware of this fact already, but i find the story extremely inspirational. It just proves how fast one idea can take off, especially if it’s something you love.
- J.K. Rowling- I know, I know, totally unoriginal, right? I’m sure Rowling is an inspiration for all us writer-folk for a plethora of reasons. It’s not her stories or characters, or even her fame that I look up to the most (Although, be honest, who among us doesn’t want that kind of recognition one day?). Nope. It’s the fact that the original Harry Potter manuscript got rejected by 12 different publishers before anyone picked it up. Just let that sink in for a minute. The book series with a movie franchise, gaming website, musical, and theme park got rejected 12 times. If that isn’t incentive to keep going, I don’t know what is.
- Christopher Paolini- The author of Eragon was only 19 when he self-published the first book. He spent a year drumming up interest and was later discovered by Carl Hiaasen, who helped it to move into professional publishing with Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. True, cases like this are extremely rare, but his story is proof that they’re not impossible, and that’s what matters.
Challenge of the Week: Who inspires you?