“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”

Welcome to the seventh of my #PayItForward series. If you’re a regular reader, thank you. If you’re new, this is a series in which I write about writers I find inspiring and what specifically, I’ve learned from them.

TAYLOR BYAS: Taylor Byas is someone I’ve only recently become exposed to but when I read her “Kill Bill” poem on swwim.org, I kicked myself for not following her writing earlier. One element of her writing that never ceases to amaze me is how beautifully she blends a contemporary and colloquial lingo with classic poetic tropes. The other element is which I’m in awe of his her non-fiction articles. They’re as gripping and engrossing as any fictional bestseller. Very recently, when Taylor announced that she was now the poetry editor for the popular publication Flypaperlit, my first thought was that something like this was destined to happen. Each new piece I read of hers convinces me that prominence is just around the corner, waiting to greet her. Follow Taylor on Twitter @TaylorByas3 and on http://taylorbyas.tumblr.com.

M L MOOS: Let’s go back in time for a moment. It’s 2018. I’ve just started to engage with the online writing community and been published a handful of times. Admittedly, battling severe depression has made everything I’ve written so far, be it poetry or fiction, quite dark. I was looking for a change to evolve as a writer and write something different, something more optimistic. It was around then that I came across Moos’s short story, “Surprise Santa.” With that story, I got the push I needed. I payed close attention to how Moos formatted that story and applied the same format to a story of my own, (cheap plug, the story I applied it to was RX: Ear-Twist). And just like that, I added a new dimension to my writing, directly or indirectly, because of Moos. Things also came full circle when I recently turned editor and publisher with (another cheap plug, ha-ha) my upcoming anthology, “She Who Survived.” I asked Moos if she’d be willing to share that same story and she graciously agreed. Her writing is always relatable even in a fantasy setting and always tugs strongly at the heartstrings. Follow Moos @mlmoosauthor and on http://mlmoos.com.

NEGEEN PAPEHN: Negeen Papehn is such a good writer that she made me like a genre I never much cared for before: romance. I would never stereotype any particular genre or people who read that genre because good writing and reading is always subjective. But when a writer takes a genre that I personally perceived one way and changes my entire perception about it by giving it depth and new dimensions, I can’t help but salute that writer. That’s Negeen the writer. Negeen the person is equally admirable. She’s a mom, a wife and a dentist. And yet, being a writer for her is not just the one-off odd novel but an entire trilogy. Not only am I learning as a writer how to redefine stereotypical tropes but as a person, Negeen is the perfect example of showing us that being a writer, and a successful one at that, is not mutually exclusive. Follow her on Twitter @NegeenPapehn and on http://negeenpapehn.com.

JAEDYN WYNDE: Powerful yet gentle. Not at all preachy but extremely resonating. Intellectually stimulating *and* poignant. How can a writer have so much contrast in individual pieces and still be excellent? Ask Jaedyn Wynde. Whenever I read Jaedyn’s writing, I’m never able to categorize it in just one or two words. After reading one of her pieces, I’m always asking myself why I feel like crying but simultaneously initiating a debate with someone over the piece. What I’ve learned from Jaedyn is that a writer need not appeal to just one section of the readers. Like I previously mentioned, good writing and reading is subjective. Some people love dark writing, some love humor, some love strong emotions. Every once in a while, you come across a writer that resonates with everyone no matter what they personally like. That’s Jaedyn. Follow her on Twitter @JaedynWynde and on http://jenniferadege.wordpress.com.

A. A. RUBIN: Is Ari Rubin a real person? Or a composite of several people with one pseudonym? That was my first thought when I became familiar with Ari’s writing and accomplishments. He’d be published in one online magazine and right after, would be published in a publication diametrically opposite to the preceding one. Then there’s readings of other works, fiction spanning several genres, poetry and much more. I came to know two things through Ari: Firstly, he is indeed a real person. But all jokes aside, I also learned that it’s not about what we write but with how much sincerity and passion we write it with. On paper, a common genre of Ari’s appears to be science fiction. But it’s far more than just that. And that’s precisely because no matter what he writes, Ari writes it with complete dedication and does just justice to it. I was amazed when he once posted a picture of books he was reading for inspiration for his next writing piece. As I was clicking on the link, I thought it would be one or two books but it turned out to be more like five or six books, each one drastically different than the other for a single project. What I’ve learned from Ari is that don’t go about a writing project for what you think it needs to be like or what others will expect out of it. Just make a genuine effort and give it your best and it will organically form its own destiny, even if it’s initially rejected. Follow Ari on Twitter @TheSurrealAri and on http://aarubin.wordpress.com.

Who do you think deserves a follow in the independent writing community? Is there a particular writer you find inspiring? If so, who is it and why? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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