I think my love of books and just reading in general helped to fuel my desire to express myself with the written word. I find it easier to express what it is that I am trying to tell someone if I can write it down.
Amongst the many books that I have read I too, like many, got pulled into the world of Harry Potter. And like many this also lead to getting involved in other things about that world. One of which was a online role playing site. Being on that site and a couple of others just let my creativity fly for writing.
One of those sites was generated by a good friend of mine, Jamie, and she would on occasion set up writing challenges. Whether it was poetry or a short story they would all have regulations covering them such as word count within a certain parameter as well as it needing to include particular items. I chose to try one of her challenges and thus my short story of Life Begins Anew was born. It has had a few different rewrites since it was first shared and hopefully only getting better each time.
Many years ago a good friend who is like a sister to me told me about a dream that she had. It was about a book and she went on to tell me a bit about the story-line My response was that it sounded interesting and where was this book. I was at first aghast when she told me it wasn’t written yet and that I was the one that had written it. When the shock of her statement wore off I started laughing and remember telling her ‘it was your dream you write it’. She politely yet firmly told me it didn’t work that way, Jann I will always be thankful to you for giving me the idea of Bewitched.
I kicked around the idea that she had given me for quite a while before I seriously took to heart what she had told me. Once I did the words just poured out of me and I was very lucky that the job I had at that time let me do pretty much whatever I wanted in my down time at the office. Within a few months I had 14.5 chapters written in a rough format and most of it had been written while I was sitting in my office at work.
I got to a interesting point in the story when my muse decided to go on hiatus and abandon me. In the hopes of getting it to come back I emailed what I had to another friend of mine, Nicole, who was going to college and her major was in English. She was the perfect person to send it to for getting it edited and like all of my friends I knew that she would not sugar coat anything. If there was something that she didn't like or something that didn't work she would not hesitate to tell me.
When I got my manuscript back from her it had the effect of bringing my muse back for a while then like for many people life got in the way. It’s been years since I last working on this piece and am very thrilled to be working on it again. I am lucky now to be in a very happy marriage to an incredible man that is supportive of my doing what makes me happy. It helps that he read part of my story and really wants to see how it ends too.
Since starting back on reworking my novel again I have joined a local writing group, the Skagit Valley Writer’s League, and this experience has so far been amazing. The support and feedback that one gets from a group of others that have the same goal of writing and honest wants not only themselves but you as well to succeed is just what I needed. I hope that when it is completed and printed that you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.