As many of you know, I read Joe Bunting’s blog, The Write Practice. Today he mentioned a contest a friendis hosting. You can check it out on Jeremy Statton’s blog, Living Better Stories. Jeremy’s interested in hearing about the people we know who do great and/or inspirational things quietly, the ones who don’t show up on the front page of the paper or on the evening news. He’ll put the best submissions on his blog and eventually into a book.
This is a great idea – for a few reasons. Number 1, of course, is providing inspiration to others as well as giving someone a well-deserved pat on the back. Number 2, however, is that Jeremy is affording a terrific writing experience for anyone who might want to try. Note that he isn’t trolling for stories from professional writers. No, he wants real stories from real people. This could be your chance to get something out there and do good at the same time. And the incredible person you write about may even be…yourself! High school juniors: this is the perfect time to practice; you’ve got college application essays coming up. This is the kind of thing that admissions people eat up. (Remember – most schools want you to keep it to no more than 500 words.)
Check out the boys’ websites and then consider taking pencil to paper or fingers to keyboard. Write about someone making a difference.