Mentors?

I don’t know about how to become one, or necessarily how to find one, but one of my buddies said she thought of me as hers.

Isn’t that just interesting? Forging a path through the field of choice and sharing what you learn is just par for the course, isn’t it? Or is there something more to being a mentor?

I’ve been trying to think if I have one, and I’m not sure I do. That would go with the definition I think of as a mentor of one to look up to as well as learn from. Not that I don’t look up to plenty of writers or try to learn all that I can, but I am not sure I have found the embodiment of those in one person who is around me to impart wisdom.

Then again, I don’t think of myself as the mentoring type. Sure, I’ll help out, share things I’ve learned, but none of that makes what I learn in return less valuable.

Perhaps it’s just to think of myself as a forever-student. Others may apply labels as desired. (Just so long as they’re nice.)

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2 Comments

  1. Jamie said,

    6 March 2009 at 12:31

    My mentor, although he doesn’t know it , is James Reed. I worked under him at The Nebraska Review lit magazine and he was also one of my creative writing instructors. He has never had a book published, but he has published short stories in some of the most prestigious lit magazines out there. He has also won an NEA grant and several Pushcart awards. We still keep in touch and I still learn a lot from him every time I talk to him.

  2. Dawn Embers said,

    6 March 2009 at 13:01

    I know what you mean. I’ve considered the mentor part of the Angel Army on WDC but wouldn’t know what to do.

    I’d like to think of myself as a student but it never works out that way. I have a hard time finding teachers and yet students seem to find me. A good example of this is tarot reading. I taught myself, couldn’t find someone to help me but have had at least 4 people ask me to help them learn. (and i did help them).

    I’ve had writing classes but most of them I don’t seem to learn much from the teacher but am looking forward to holding a poetry workshop.

    *shrugs* It seems I’m supposed to be a teacher, if only I’d listen to the signs. lol


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