Joan of Arc
Joan is a inspiration, not because of her religious certainty, as I’m not even sure that I believe that there is a god. She inspires me because she was determined, she managed to train herself despite her relative poor beginning in life, and possessed the charisma and moral certainty to convince others that her path was the right one.
She managed to achieve the freedom of several towns within France, and was partly responsible for the crowning of the legitimate French king before she was 19 years old.
I don’t know about you but when I was 19, I don’t think I was thinking about anything more important than what I was going to eat that night.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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