Last week, Eldest was restless and looking for something to do. I handed him a copy of Chosen, the first in The Lost Books Series. He read it over the course of a few days. Then begged for a trip to the book store to buy the second one.
I got home from work today to find him lounging on the couch fully engrossed in the second book–with only four chapters left to go.
Eldest is severely dyslexic and hates reading. Because it takes him three times longer than the average 11th grader to read a page, he avoids reading at all costs.
He’s also begging for me to buy the next book and the next and the next.
In my eyes, there is no greater accomplishment, no greater reward, than touching the life of a child. When I grow up, I want to be just like Ted. I want to help kids learn to read for pleasure. I want children who otherwise shy away from the written word to hang on every word I write.
Kudos, Mr. Dekker, from the bottom of my heart. I am your number one fan at this moment in time.
What do you want to accomplish as a writer? Is getting published your end goal, or do you have a deeper purpose to your writing journey?