My writing inspiration


When I was in year seven — my first year of high school — I met a teacher who would change my life. Most of us have these figures in our lives: people who make an unforgettable impact.

I was lucky enough to meet Mrs Martin when I was 12 years old. She was my English teacher. At some point during that school year, she asked our class to come up with a piece of creative writing. I don’t remember what the theme was. My story (as I recall) had something to do with a class full of kids rebelling against their teacher (there were water pistols involved!); she liked it so much she asked me to read it in front of the class.

That moment boosted my confidence and instilled a belief in my writing talent.

I cannot thank her enough for that. I still remember how confident I felt that day. That quiet knowledge returned to me many years later when I was in my late twenties, and had the opportunity to do the first writing-centred work of my career. It started the first of many years — at least 18 so far — of work where I can use my writing talents full time, and I love that I can do that.

Mrs Martin was one of those teachers whose voice, tone, and movements conveyed her enthusiasm for her subject. Her passion had a profound effect on me. I can still see her standing or moving around on the small dais at the front of our class.

Thank you, Mrs Martin. I appreciate you.




Writer | Egyptian Australian | Indophile | Word nerd | Bird nerd

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Mary Sayed

Mary Sayed

Writer | Egyptian Australian | Indophile | Word nerd | Bird nerd

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