I don’t know that I’d heard or read those words before, but when I turned eighteen I decided I wanted Life Experience.
People say “be careful what you wish for”, and that’s often true.
I made a long series of mistakes, but I have no regrets. I walked away from a life I hated, a life that made me hate myself. I had a ten-month-old and another on the way. I found the strength to start over.
I now have a beautiful family, and I found my way here. It’s a great place to be, among friends and community who share the same passions, who want to tell stories and talk about the art and craft of the process.
The most definitive lesson I learned from life and apply to writing is this: There is value in knowing when to end one story and begin another.
Not so long ago, in a land called the Midwest
A long conversation with my husband last spring culminated in the awareness that I needed to write. It was my therapy, it opened up passion I didn’t know was possible, it gave me immense joy.
I started my first manuscript. It is awful. It’s discombobulated, mangy, and coughs up hairballs on occasion. I am its proud creator.
It occurred to me that I might be able to connect with writers online. (I know, right?) As supportive as my family and friends are, I needed others to learn from and talk shop with. Writing is lonely work, I understood that, and being an introvert, it suited me. But I wanted to know if I was doing it right, if my problems, success, and goals were comparable to others’.
If I was going to write, and not just talk about it, I knew there were a few things I needed besides a few good pens and some paper.
If it weren’t for you….
I value my tribe ( and you are all part of it), and I love writers. Would I still be grinding away? I believe in myself and desires enough to say yes, absolutely. But the rough spots would have taken more skin and the happy spots wouldn’t shine so much. We are awesome. If writers ruled the world…
Success does not define me. If I waited for that moment, I’d still be telemarketing, or selling vitamins. I value where I’m at right now. I’m polishing this amazing story I believe in. My focus is giving the story what it deserves, and what readers deserve. I’ve come to know and admire talented writers.
There’s a world full of people who don’t know where to even begin finding something they are passionate about.
Here we are, here I am.
This story has a great beginning.