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What Inspired Me? by Angela Breidenbach
People ask, "Isn't writing alone hard?" and then they ask, "Where do you get your ideas?"
I've been reading and writing since I was four years old. My dad taught me, really taught me. He'd say, "You can do it. Why not? Just try.
| Angela and her dad on their mountain|
bike ride on the Hiawatha Trail for
his 80th birthday.
And my dad read to me. I can still hear his rumbly baritone voice in my head as he read Peter Pan, Snow White, Hiawatha, Pinocchio, and more. Oh I miss that voice.
And my dad listened when I told him my dreams. And Dad said, "Why not?" I knew I could be a flight attendant. Dad said, "Why not?" And then I knew I could be a writer. Again, "Why not?"
When my first book came out, Gems of Wisdom: For a treasure-filled Life, my dad drove 965 miles to be at my book launch party held at the Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT. He had a lot of fun introducing his "author daughter" to friends over the last few years too. I had a lot of fun watching his chest puff out with pride. He believed in me before I ever sold a book.
That question of writing alone never fazed me. I don't feel alone. I hear the characters in the stories bringing them to life like my dad did for me as a little girl. I see the story unfold like a movie in my mind. Humorously, I can be so into the story that I have no idea of time passing or what might be happening around me.
I see stories in the lives around me, in the circumstances that pop out of an ordinary day, and in my incessant curiosity. I write because it's in my DNA. Storytelling is so much a part of me because my dad was a storyteller. He passed that part of him onto me through teaching me to read and write as much as reading to me. Stories have played in my imagination since before I walked. Stories change lives, enhance joy, and sometimes teach lessons. But mostly, I can't turn the stories off in my head. Dad opened the door to an inquisitive, imaginative mind. And for that, I can't thank him enough. I really missed Dad at the latest book launch for Snowflake Tiara. But I think he might have had a nice view. Why not?
I believe I can do anything I set my mind to because my dad taught me to try. "Why not?"
Here's a link to an article about learning flexibility when I lost Dad.
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Angela Breidenbach is a captivating speaker, professional judge of more than 500 books, writing/media coach, author of Snowflake Tiara: The Debutante Queen (2-1 Christmas anthology), A Healing Heart (a contemporary romance, Quilts of Love novel), with more books coming soon. She serves nationally as the Christian Author Network's president, is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister. With a volume of appearances on television, stage, and radio Angela loves to share her knowledge to build up others in the industry. Comedy by Writer and #Muse can be found on social media and their blog, A-Muse-ings at http://angelabreidenbach.com/category/amusings.