As I sat in the Princess Hall, listening to Robin Stevens’ Lower College Principal’s Lecture, I could not help thinking that she had once been sitting in my position, looking up at a Guild member who had become well-known.
I wondered whether Robin Stevens knew that she would touch millions of lives with her amazing stories and I thought about how anyone could succeed at what they enjoy if they try really hard; even a normal schoolgirl can be inspired to write a book.
‘Sometimes success looks a lot like failure’: this was Robin Stevens’ message. She told us all about her aspirations to become a crime writer, but how she experienced failures instead of achieving her dreams. One thing that I learnt from her talk is that if anyone knocks down my dream, I will just pick it back up and start again. Robin Stevens explained how people would criticise her work, but she would listen to the comments and work harder.