How I got here

Hello and welcome to my blog all about my life as a budding writer. I hope to use this site to motivate both myself and others to follow their passions.

When I was seven, I wrote my very first story. At twelve, I wrote my first poem. And the writing blossomed from there. That is, until I went off to college as an English major. I wrote very little for pleasure during my time at school, but I still planned on publishing that book…one day.

My first year out of college, my husband and I struggled to find our footing in this big world. We worked several jobs and learned about money and budgeting. We also learned how to coexist with another person.

Fast forward a few years and we have children. Two girls who keep me extremely busy. I’m writing poems here and there, but most of my interaction involves online forums for other moms. I’m busy trying to find my way through this new motherhood gig, and writing has been fully placed on the back burner for an indefinite amount of time.

During these last 9 years, my writing time had become something that I did when I had time or when the mood struck me. I have a couple of poems, but nothing significant. However, the dream still lingered and nagged. I knew it was still what I wanted to do with my life, but I couldn’t see a way to make any real money with it, especially since I couldn’t seem to get more than a page or two on any story that I tried.

In 2009, I attempted my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and wrote 286 words. The next year, I made it to 487. I gave up after that. And then two years ago, I was in the middle of my second year of substitute teaching. I was enjoying myself for the most part, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in my work. I liked the kids and I liked the classrooms, but there was definitely something missing from my life. I thought that I just needed to find my own classroom to work in. I thought that I just needed kids of my own to teach. I looked into the programs that would allow me to get back into teaching.

Since I had my degree in teaching already, I looked into what it would take to transfer my skills from high school to elementary. I saw that it would take a lot of time and money. And, of course, there was never any guarantee I’d walk away from it with a job.

After several hours of researching and thinking, I came to a very important conclusion. I didn’t want to teach. It’s something that I could do, but not my passion. I decided that I would use this time to pursue what I loved; I would write.

First, I read everything I could about writing. I found writersdigest.com and subscribed to their tutorials. I took 6 months to write my first short story, Life After. I struggled so much to just get the story written. I had to learn what worked for me and what didn’t work.

After that, I joined writing.com and I haven’t looked back. My portfolio at this point has 90 items. Most of them are poems and flash fiction that I will never pursue publishing with. But they have helped me learn so much about this art form and how to make it the best I possibly can. I’m still working and still learning.

And that brings me to the purpose of this blog. It is my hope to present a place for my writing. I plan to post essays about my own writing experience as well as some samplings of my own work. I hope to use this to document my own growth as a writer as well as give family and friends a place to view some of my work. I plan to only publish those works that I don’t intend to pursue publication with, such as my flash fiction.

Thank you for visiting my blog and for reading this far. I promise to try to not be so long-winded in the future. Encouraging comments are always welcome as are honest critiques on my work.

Now, let’s get to the journey!