When you hear the name Stephanie Meyer you automatically think Twilight, the #1 New York Times bestselling paranormal novel. You may think other things as well, depending on your opinion of the book. Like it or not, Stephanie Meyer is one of those authors readers and authors alike love to hate. E. L. James is another one.
But this post isn't about my opinion of Twilight or Ms. Meyer's writing style. It's about what she did for the writing community by taking the publishing leap of faith. It's about what she did for me.
True, I cannot speak for all authors and this post won't apply to some, but I can guarantee I'm not alone in my assessment. You see, I've always been an avid reader, losing myself in books of every genre. I couldn't get enough of Lurlene McDaniel, R.L. Stine, Stephen King, Danielle Steele, and Mary Higgins Clark just to name a few. I looked up to those authors, awed by how they could take 26 letters, mix them up, and create a story. As a young person, I tried my hand at the craft and felt the sting of disappointment that what I wrote didn't hold a candle to what they wrote. It was clear to me from that moment that writing was for people much smarter than me. Grammar Nazis with Literature degrees.
But then in walks Stephanie Meyer. A stay-at-home mom with no writing background except a degree in English. Like me, she felt that becoming an author was a long shot, an unachievable dream. We all know what happened next.
Stephanie Meyer inspired writers, including me, to write. To take the plunge, regardless of the possible outcome. Maybe we'd hit the top like she did. Maybe we'd fall on our faces. It didn't matter, because we tried. We swallowed our fears, our ideas of not being good enough, and wrote anyway.
Some people wrote because they wanted to be like her. They loved Twilight, and with the authors' success, they dove into writing their own worlds. Other people hated Twilight, and thought "I can write better than that!" And so they set out to write.
See, the point isn't about whether you loved or hated Twilight. It's that Twilight inspired these authors to do something they only dreamed about and turn it into reality.
I've had many inspirations to write, and Stephanie Meyer is certainly on that list. Thank you, Stephanie.
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