We often hear charities and others talk about “deserving people”, but what does that really mean?
What makes someone deserving in real life?
Are you deserving because you didn't get the opportunities or comforts that someone else got?
Are you deserving because you are always helping and looking out for others?
Wouldn't the most deserving people come from poor backgrounds and yet still are always found helping and looking our for others' welfare?
I think so.
And most writers think so, too.
That's why most heroes in our stories come from hard times, and yet end up sacrificing their own well-deserved rewards for someone else.
Those are the characters most deserving of their happy ending.
(Unless, of course, you are writing a tragedy. But I like happy endings, myself.)
One more reason to be deserving:
If you've worked really hard toward a SMART goal, then you are deserving of achieving that goal.
There aren't a lot of stories about this kind of deserving (except for biographies and memoir, which is a lot actually, lol), but there are a lot of very deserving writers out there.
One More Thing:
Have you seen the contest on Literary Rambles this week? Tori Sharp of the The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is giving a query critique to one lucky winner on Natalie Aguirre's informative blog. To enter, comment before December 5th. Tori represents children's books from picture books through YA, with her sweet spot being in graphic novels and middle grade. She's also excited to see #Ownvoices in her inbox, so if you are a traditionally underrepresented voice with a well-crafted manuscript, check out her submission guidelines here!
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)