I read an article about a 16-year-old girl who self published her manuscript. I’m impressed for several reasons. First, it appears that she went about it in the right way–editing, a decent cover, and a knowledge of what she wanted to do with her writing career for now. It’s the last one that amazes me. There’s no way I would’ve had the self confidence to show another person what I’d written at that age, let alone self-publish it for the world to see. She says in the article that she didn’t want validation from someone else about its worth because she already knew that it was special. I think my mouth fell open when I read that because don’t most of us want validation about our work. This teenager seems to be special and I wonder what her parents did to help nourish that in her as I would love to replicate it in my own children.

Were you self-confident at the age of 16?