The Writer

I am a writer.

If I had uttered these words before I shared my 2015 New Year’s resolution with my friends and business colleagues, they would have been shocked to know the secret I had kept quietly hidden from everyone. Ever since the 7th grade, I have held a secret longing muffled deep within me. I had always yearned to become a full-time writer. I always felt at home around books; I was a library aid all through my school years and continue to volunteer at my local library. If only I could surround myself with thousands of books, and read and write each and every day, I would have my heaven on earth.

The scary 2015 New Year’s Eve resolution I shared with those closest to me, was that I had only now realized because of the sudden loss of my beloved twin brother and my two sweet sisters over a short 5-year period, that I would have only one regret if I died, and that is that I had not written all the story ideas brewing inside of me.

Since I am confessing my deepest secret to you, I also need to share that I am a readaholic. I read ever so much and have stacks and stacks of books that look like Leaning Towers of Pisa everywhere around my house. Ever since I revealed my secret 2015 resolution, I have been taking little steps towards making my resolution a reality. I’ve learned key writing skills and practiced the craft by taking many classes with the Stanford University CE Online program and most recently classes at the London School of Journalism. These classes have given me the knowledge, structure, motivation, and community that help me to be the best version of my writing self. 

I’m blessed to be able to use skills I learned over the last twenty years developing, story editing, and producing movies and television series. Because of this invaluable experience, I understand the importance of complex characters audiences can empathize with and riveting narrative arcs. I’m also inspired by all the classes that I have taken and have taught with like-minded writers. I value their input as we continue to exchange work and share feedback. 

On my website, I can offer readers my passion for storytelling, my heartfelt compassion for other writers like myself, the kindness in my heart, my creative spirit, my sense of loyalty, my hard work ethic, my mothering and nurturing spirit and most of all, the twin part of me, that has the effortless ability to put myself in another person’s shoes and tell heartfelt stories.

I am looking forward to sharing all the adventures and characters that I have been creating–all the stories that were once brewing inside of me and the novels that are finally being written. 

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.

—Charles Dickens

 

 

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