Inspiration for “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth”

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One year before I wrote “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth,” I did a LOT of drawing.

Anytime I found a lonesome sticky note, I would start sketching. Before I knew it, sketching on sticky notes became my thing. I became more and more inspired and I began to create this character with wavy hair and glasses.

It wouldn’t be until a few months within that same year that I would name him “Miles Cooper.”

Most of the stories I write, whether they are short stories are big book stories, I normally focus on a kind of coming-of-age tale. The story of a boy or girl who finds themselves in an adventure that unleashes their true identity is a kind of storyline that has always fascinated me. This is mostly the case with me because, for me, Elementary and Jr. High was one of many of the defining moments in my life.

22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth” made things even more interesting (and more a challenge) because I had to take Miles Cooper and put him in a setting I didn’t originally plan for him: a sharer of life and experiences. The more I got into writing, the more I realized it actually worked. Mainly because if you look at books like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or Judy Blume books like “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” you find the main characters sort of telling their story, sharing their obstacles with the reader. Those are fun reads and fun to write.

The added bonus was the adding of the cartoons I drew into the book. I enjoyed that as much as I did writing more than 50,000 words.

“22 Life Lessons for Personal Growth” is available for purchase online right now.

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My latest book, "22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth."

My latest book, “22 Life Lessons For Personal Growth.”

Encouraging Creatives

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Creative work is hard enough when you are not confident in yourself. It is even harder when people are so terribly critical of your own work that you can’t even see past the potential in your work.

But what if you were the person that encouraged the person whose creating a piece of art, a video, a photographic moment and other items.

Throughout the weekend, I had a chance to simply tell people “yes, you can do it” or “it looks great, but, let me offer up some epic suggestions!?” Funny enough, I was encouraged by another fellow creative friend of mine, Matt Riddle, to check out this anime called Ouran High School Host Club. Hilarious, strange and funny! But, I digress!

Even earlier this Sunday morning, I received a message from a friend on Facebook who was a little nervous about his work. But, I was able to encourage them. They were afraid of the ever-so-large “unknown” of people and opinions. I gave my friend the following verse:

2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, glory and a sound mind.”

Be brave, be courageous, be bold and do what you have been gifted and talented to do.