I’m pleased to have an especially bright light on Peace Garden Writer today. Shannon O’Donnell resides in my home state of Montana and, like the people who formed me from infancy, claims the profession of teaching for her day job. Her efforts to change the world one child at a time begin each morning at home through mothering her three children, and continue when she enters the school building where she works as a high-school English teacher. But “Mrs. O’Donnell,” as her students know her, is no ordinary teacher. She’s exceptional in her tireless efforts to connect, encourage and inspire.
A few years back, Shannon began expanding her reach from classroom to blogosphere, and in the process, has picked up nearly 1,000 followers to her blog, Book Dreaming. Being privy to this, I couldn’t help but wonder what sort of writing tools she’s collected in her file cabinet. Happily, Shannon agreed to share a few with us today.
|Book Dreaming Shannon and Daughter|
The Need to Bring Others Along
One of the most surprising things I’ve learned along my writing journey is that no matter who we are, we need help. No matter how well we write, we need help. No matter how many times we proofread, we need help. NO ONE can navigate these waters alone.
Note: Shannon added separately that picture books and middle grade literature are her passion, and that her blog, Book Dreaming (visit if you can), “began as a way to reach out to others in the writing community. It is a mixture of book reviews and writing-related information. I chose the name because my blog gives voice to the dream of being a published author one day.”
Q4U: What do you think of Shannon’s advice? Have you ever run into the problem she’s outlined, and what did you do about it?
And by the way, Shannon, we will have coffee someday. You can count on that!