Thursday, March 13, 2008

Winner Announced ~ 2008 Writing Goals and What Inspires You to Keep Writing Contest

Please join me in congratulating children's writer, Jessica Kennedy!

Her winning entry is posted below and at my website:

"My ultimate goal for 2008 is to get my young adult memoir and a children’s picture book published. I’m inspired to strive toward reaching these goals because it supplies me with an identity separate from my disabilities. The fact that there is little else I can do and am lucky that I do it well drives me.

In 1998 I caught spinal meningitis, had a brainstem stroke and became a ventilator dependent quadriplegic. Day after day, of therapy, melted into another. My life had little meaning and I was its unwilling prisoner. Just a thing with no purpose or worth. After six years of merely existing, I felt my old independent streak trying to break free of the bonds of complacency.

I was no longer a 26 year old idealist pursuing a legal career, children and marriage. I did not know who I was or if and what it was possible to be or become. All I knew was I had to do something. The nothingness was killing me. The need to engage my brain and exert my independence overpowered me. I began to type out my frustrations. I started to write a memoir of my stroke and rehabilitation.

There was an online class called Write Your Life Story. I enrolled. The girl in a wheelchair and on a ventilator took a backseat to the student and writer I became. I talked with other students and received and gave writing advice. This was a beginning. My life had not ended, but took a new direction

I was inspired to write, because I could write. It only required assistance from others to place my computer before me. With a keyboard and computer, I am a writer. Reliant on no one or nothing, but the muse that fills my soul to be unleashed upon the page. I am inspired to write, because it makes me who I am."

She has also received the winning logo of the contest to post on her blog and/or website.

For more information on Jessica please visit her at:
Jessica Kennedy


  1. Way to go, Jessica. Your post is truly an inspiration and motivation for many of us. Keep on writing!


  2. This story inspired me to take advantage of the blessings of life. Thank you Donna! and thank you Jessica!


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