Inspired by History

inspired by history

By Michelle Lynn Senters-

As a writer, I seek inspiration from the world around me. Nature. Relationships. Observations. People. Events. The study and appreciation of world leaders, those influential men and women who used their lives for the good of others, is a powerful tool for writers.

Today is World Nelson Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela (shown above) was a former President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He is honored throughout the world for his work as a human rights activist. Through his words and actions, he taught us about community, fairness, kindness, intelligence, equality, and love. The powerful words of Mandela inspires me to write fiction stories that convey the same message. Read the following quotes from Mandela and see if it inspires you to write.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

“When people are determined they can overcome anything.”

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

After reading about Mandela, I am inspired as a children’s writer to tell a story about a small animal who is afraid, but pushes through his fears to achieve something great. Or, I might write about a child who is bullied at school who rises above his circumstance to become a hero to other children.


You have several options today.

1. Study the quotes and life of Mandela and allow it to inspire you to write a short story. Click here to learn more about Nelson Mandela.

2. Who inspires you? Write about why you admire that person or use it to inspire a short story. You can choose from: athletes, leaders, authors, family members, actors, singers, artists, adventurers, inventors, scientists, teachers, or everyday people who do extraordinary things.

3. People become famous for many reasons: talents, abilities, work, leadership, good choices, bad choices. If you were to become famous, what would you like to become famous for? Write about what you would like to be known for.


Draw a picture and write about a person you admire or love. What makes that person so special?


Tell us about who inspires you! Write your first name, age, and inspirational person in the comment section below.

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Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at

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6 thoughts on “Inspired by History

    • That is wonderful! I am sure that will inspire you to write something truly wonderful. When you write today, I encourage you to go beyond the typical “My mom inspires me because…” kind of writing. Tell a story from your life that illustrates what makes her so inspirational and how it influences you as you grow up. This is important writing because your mother will treasure your words now and you will treasure these thoughts when you are older.

  1. My name is Chloe. I am officially 9 and a half years old today. And someone that inspires me is my BFF Sarah. She inspires me to do new things and encourages me to do what I love.

    • That’s great Chloe! It’s fun to have a friend that inspires you and encourages you!! Write on! :)

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