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Inspired: Writer Toni Morrison proves we have time to follow our passions

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison taught me two priceless lessons: I can always make time to write and never give up. As a single mom with 2 kids, Morrison wrote her first novel, The Bluest Eye, in 15-minute increments each day. That’s all the free time she had. It took her 5 years to write it. She kept writing despite her novel’s low sales. 3 years later, her next novel was nominated for the American Book Award. Her following novels received mixed reviews, but she remained determined. In 1987, 17 years after publishing her first novel, she won the Pulitzer. If you have a dream project, work on it bit by bit. Don’t let critics sap the joy you get from your work. Morrison followed her passion. You can, too.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


6 thoughts on “Inspired: Writer Toni Morrison proves we have time to follow our passions

  1. Even though my goal in writing is not to win a Pulitzer prize, I found this post very encouraging. Thank you for sharing this.


    Posted by LaTanya Davis | October 25, 2014, 2:50 am
    • Same here, LaTanya. I find her determination and sustained passion for writing so inspiring. I had no idea about this story until I learned a bit about it a few days ago. Just amazing!


      Posted by Christa | October 25, 2014, 8:02 am
  2. Reblogged this on Memoir Notes.


    Posted by LaTanya Davis | October 25, 2014, 2:51 am
  3. This is amazing. I can relate.


    Posted by Joan Williams-Okon | October 27, 2014, 11:33 am

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