One Hope for Writers

I keep a journal.

Some months I write in it every day. Other times, several months pass without a single entry.

I fill the pages with things that inspire me, things I want to think about, new ideas, possibilities, etc.

Mostly, it's a place for hope.

One entry includes some words (source uncited) I'd like to share with every person in the world:

Whatever your work is, keep doing it. Through the doubt, through the feelings of not-enough. Keep putting it out there. Your purpose, your art, will land in the heart it's meant to. You won't be for everyone, but you are for someone. And to that someone, what you give matters.And that changes everything.

Happy 2017!

Irene Latham's first bits of writing were love poems – for her mother. An award winning author of two novels for children LEAVING GEE'S BEND and DON'T FEED THE BOY, she was named the winner of the 2016 International Literary Association-Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award. Her poetry titles for children include DEAR WANDERING WILDEBEEST, FRESH DELICIOUS, and WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON ANTARCTICA.


  1. Love this piece of hope from your writer's notebook!
    "And to that someone what you give matters."

    1. Hi Ramona, who is such a giver... thank you for stopping by!

  2. Lovely words and message to begin a new year. Thanks Irene!

  3. Thanks for this reminder, Irene. It pushes me forward with hope.

  4. Ah! This has been my mantra for so long: keep doing it, keep going...

  5. I needed to read these words today. Perfect. Thank you Irene.


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