#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Innocence”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

Please use #WQWWC on your post so when we share to Twitter we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!


If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Passion” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)












This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “INNOCENCE.” (…or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

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Steve Toltz is an Austrailian novelist. Wikipedia shares:

A Fraction of the Whole, his first novel, was released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. It is a comic novel which tells the history of a family of Australian outcasts. The narration of the novel alternates between Jasper Dean, a philosophical, idealistic boy, who grows up throughout the novel and his father, Martin Dean, a philosopher and shut-in described at the start of the novel as “the most hated man in all of Australia”. This is in contrast with Terry Dean, Jasper’s uncle, whom Jasper describes as “the most beloved man in all of Australia”. The novel spans the entirety of Martin’s life and several years after (a range never specified in the text, but starting after World War II and ending in the early 2000s), and is set in Australia, Paris, and Thailand.

The novel has repeatedly been compared favorably to John Kennedy Toole‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces.[1][2] A Fraction of the Whole was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize[3] and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award.[4]

His second novel, Quicksand, was published in 2015,[5] to widespread acclaim.”

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The above quote by Steve Toltz really touched a nerve in me. It was one of those nerves that I had tucked away deep, so it couldn’t rear its ugly head and pester me with petty doubts. I cage that nerve because it took away my innocence.

“The first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential is the real loss of innocence.”

Do you remember when you were a child and dreamed of becoming an astronaut or a ballet dancer? Those dreams of mine were passionate thoughts carried on candy floss fantasies that fueled my growing imagination. I wanted to write a book and be a secretary. I wanted to do big things back in those days!

I can still hear the advice from my step-mother, who was quite the independent working woman. While all my friend’s mothers stayed at home, she worked as a bookkeeper/administrative assistant to a wealthy stockbroker in downtown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was an unusual woman.

When I was a teenager, she would tell me: “You’re not the smartest kid, Colleena. (She always called me Colleena). “Maybe you should find a job that you can do that doesn’t involve writing or numbers.”

That was the first time I realized that I had hit a boundary. My dreams were shattered, my innocence lost. I got B’s in school. I was the biggest nerd you ever saw and so desperately wanted to hang out with the cool kids. But that wasn’t me. Because of my step mother’s words, I thought I was dumb. I had no self-confidence and zero belief in myself.

However, I excelled in secretarial courses in high school. I typed 90+ words a minute on an IBM Selectric typewriter. (No kidding)! I even passed bookkeeping with a B. When I entered the Air Force after graduation I scored exceptionally high in administration. Yet, I chose to not believe in myself.

In my late 20’s, I went to a local community college on Edwards AFB. I started those classes with such trepidation and fear. I didn’t want my husband or my kids to watch me fail. I still did not believe in myself.

And, then it happened! It was a miracle! I still remember the elation I felt when those A’s started rolling in. I even made the Dean’s List a couple of semesters. Suddenly, it occurred to me that my step-mother had been wrong – terribly wrong. I had let the sting of her words hold me back. Those words took away my innocence.

As I look back now, I have an impressive work history. I was a bookkeeper/administrative assistant for eight years at the largest law firm in Montana. I did the books for a ranch and an oil company while at the same time I was a personal secretary to one of the wealthiest men in Montana. I worked doing taxes and payroll for an accounting firm. I worked in a hospital in the accounting department. I even got my license and passed the state boards in Arizona to sell home and auto insurance. Eventually, I went back to school and got my second Associates Degree. I got straight A’s!

Most importantly, I have accomplished the one thing I wanted to do when I was seven years old. I wrote that book! That means more to me than anything else I have accomplished.

I feel that I have regained that childlike wonder once again. I’ve opened my mind to the possibilities of “what if?” I will never allow anyone to take that innocence away again. I hope you won’t either. ❤

Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to share a quote about “innocence.” I can’t wait to see what you come up with!


About Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017. The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family. Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry. She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.

50 Responses

  1. Congratulations on accomplishing so much in your life. I enjoyed reading about your journey to re-create yourself and discover talents that I hope your step-mother was alive to see. There is nothing more satisfying than successfully completing a goal that others said you would never accomplish.

    I loved what you said about one sentence from someone older creating a barrier in your life. It is SO true! What you said about writing a book is exactly how I feel: Of all the accomplishments in my life, nothing hit me as profoundly as holding in my hand the book that I had written.

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      1. Always a pleasure to hear a writer’s success story, and the success is not in the number of books sold. The fact that you were abandoned by your parents, and that you rose above it admirably, impresses me greatly.

        This is my point of view: Writing is cheaper than psychotherapy and it works better. That, too, is how I’ve finally found the true me. 🙂

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  2. Great quote Colleen!

    Your story reminded me of similar incidents in my childhood. One when I was in middle school, I had a gym teacher who asked me to tell him a new joke every day. I can’t remember how this started, but somehow I had convinced him I was funny. After making him laugh for a few days in a row, I came home and announced to my mother that I wanted to be a comedian. She looked at me and instead of asking how I decided that, or why, she simply replied: “You’ve never made me laugh.” I was crushed, and never spoke of it again.

    It happened again when I was a teenager. I told my father I wanted to get into politics to help make the world a better place. He flatly reminded me that I was black, and a woman, so, no one would vote for me. *sigh*

    These are just two of the many times I saw my boundaries, some others were worse, some not so bad, but one thing I realized is sometimes those boundaries seem fixed but they aren’t. Their permanence is an illusion, and as soon as you realize it, they begin to shift. With a bit of hard work, they can be knocked down altogether. Sorry to ramble on your post just spoke to me 🙂

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  3. Powerful quote by Steve Toltz. I’m so sorry you went through that as a child. Sometimes parents/adults don’t realize the power of their words, especially to a child. I’m happy you decided to try and discovered your true potential. Lovely and inspiring quotes at the end. Lovely post, as usual. ❤ xx
    Here's my contribution for this week. http://wp.me/p3eYyj-1la

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  4. You are an absolute inspiration Colleen! Despite your step-mother’s harsh (and untrue) words, you still set out to achieve your goals, and look what you have done! I am so proud that you wrote the book you have always wanted to and I can’t wait to read it. Huge hugs to you my friend ❤❤

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  5. […] When looking for a quote to use in this week’s Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge for Innocence, I ran across only a very few that I really liked. Then I came upon the one above. There is so much truth in that sentence. I like the innocence I have. There is so much that I’m not aware of, so much I am glad I don’t know. I fill my mind and time with things I want to know. It’s like feeding my brain good food and no junk. I’m not influenced by the media, including the social kind, nor by trends. I keep my basic core in tact and am able to look around and see how the world really is in comparison to how we are led to believe it is. Innocence means a lot of things. Ultimately I believe innocence is the sticking to your core values and beliefs without prejudice while respecting the world around you. (I think that made sense?) Check out SilverThreading.com for more of this weeks contributions to Innocence quotes. […]


  6. Just the other day I was listening to an old Joel Olsteen recording: removing negative labels. He spoke on just that: people telling us we are something and then we believe it. It was very powerful. And I started thinking about my past and watching people. It’s so true. If we believe what others say, we can become it. And I’ve done it too. So congratulations for realizing just how wonderful you are. None of us our the same, but that’s what makes each of us great. And I truly believe that when we become who we are supposed to be and really love ourselves–that is when the magic happens. So congrats on rediscovering that magic, and the book! That is so terrific:)

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      1. I agree-just one person can make all the difference! Thank God for him helping you see just how great you are:) Now, we can all benefit!! Carry on with your bad self girl and feel that magic!

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  7. What a great story Colleen. I wish I had faith in myself. I am just believing that I can write. People told me that even as a little kid, but I let that rejection slip in my teens define me. I was a failure in my eyes. Now I write for another blog regularly besides my writings on my own blog.

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  8. Your journey to find your creative side really resounded with me. Love your story of overcoming the negative road blocks instilled in the past. I’ve just found myself withing the past few years. The power of the image and word called to me. It’s amazing how we eventually get to where we should be. 🙂

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