Lee McAvoy

Children's Book Writer
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Inspiration for Writers

Attend Readings and Author Events

Posted on February 6, 2016 at 8:25 AM


Last night I went to a reading of five women writers in my area, including Sonja Livingston, creative non-fiction author of Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall. This gave me the opportunity to sit and relax, let the words flow through me and remember why I write. I was moved and inspired by the readings as well as conversations with other attendees, whether old friends or new acquaintances. 

I had read most of the books the women were reading from, but hearing them read aloud was a whole new experience. Authentic, commited writers have a kinship based on their sensitivity to life in general and people in particular. It took me many years to find my own personal rhythm, which is slower and more observant than the pace of the world. I learned that accepting my true nature as a writer goes beyond carving out time to write. It's celebrating my courage and the courage of others to continue this art which requires solitude, silence and sometimes doing nothing.

I invite you to enter this gentle space where you can hear the power of words and just as important, the power of the spaces between the words. Attending the readings of your favorite authors will rejuvinate you in unforeseeable ways.

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