Jessica Burkhart, born in Tennessee on this date in 1987, started writing as an 8th grader and is still going strong. While recuperating from a major surgical procedure, she decided to start writing to fill her hours and because she was convinced that she could produce articles that were at least as good as those she had been reading in magazines and journals brought to entertain her.
A Writer's Moment: 'Companions in One's Life' : “Man was very fortunate to have invented the book. Without it, the past w...
A Writer's Moment: 'We Write . . . Because We Can' : We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, clim...
A Writer's Moment: Ever Dreaming A New Dream : “You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”...
A Writer's Moment: Sharing A Love Of Words : “I always loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I h...
A Writer's Moment: Writing for Nature and the World : “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, p...
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Friday, January 29, 2021
Writing What You Know
At first she tried writing what she thought those magazines wanted, which led to a couple years' worth of rejections. Then she turned to writing about what she knew – in her case a love of animals and her volunteer work with the Humane Society – a formula that more often than not leads to success. It was a good choice, indeed.
By age 18, she had over 100 published articles in everything from Girls’ Life to The Writer. At age 19, she signed up for the annual National Novel Writing Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word (or longer) novel in 30 days. Again, she chose to write what she knew and loved – horseback riding.
Jessica “Burkhart” Ashley
Burkhart, whose real last name is Ashley, now has authored 20 novels and is still going strong. She’s a testament to writing what you know … and turning dreams into reality.