From personal blog to published writer

Short and Twisted

Books have always held a special place in my heart.  To me they are magic.  A good writer can transport their reader into another world and have the reader feel for characters like they were family.  They can inspire, comfort and educate and for me they did it all.  So it’s probably no surprise that my favourite subject throughout school was English. I experienced  new genres of books as well as new styles of writing and  in 7th grade I even wrote my first fan fiction for Stargate.  I wanted to be a writer but I only wanted to do it if I could write my own stories.

Naturally with the way my mind works, I couldn’t just write a book from the get go.  I set goals I had to achieve before I could even attempt a book.  The first step was to have something published in a magazine.  So I sent a question into teen mag Smash hits.  In their Q&A section they printed my submission asking why the eyebrow ring J Brown from the band Five wore, appeared on different sides of his face in each picture.  Oh how young and naive I was to know nothing about Photoshop, although it was the 90’s.

For years I kept my dream a secret and didn’t believe I could do it.  Partially from lack of confidence in my own writing but also from the judgmental reaction that usually follows after a dreamer shares a big idea with the kind of people you shouldn’t keep in your life.  Over the years I’ve learnt to stop caring what other people think.  So I ignored any own doubts, slowly surrounded myself with the right people and started this blog.  It allowed me to practice my writing and help decide what topics I enjoyed writing about most.

My writing is now published online, another goal completed.  I’ve enjoyed sharing my thoughts with whoever wanted to read and appreciate the lovely feedback I’ve received from so many of you.   I’ve really enjoyed sharing my “What I know for sure” posts (inspired by Oprah’s book and column).   I believe it’s important to share positive messages and it’s a topic I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing about.

The next item to be published completely surprised me.  I was approached by local publication The City to print one of my instagram images in their next edition.  Of course I said yes.  It wasn’t written work but sometimes the universe just wants you to move your butt and get to the real goal.

This brings me to the final goal, which leaves me with no more excuses.  At the start of the year I decided it was time to start expanding on my writing and try something that scared me.  I entered into a short story competition.  The prize was a free copy of the book if I was lucky enough to be one of the various short stories or poems published in it.  I was ecstatic when I found out my story ‘Snow Day’ had been chosen.   Now I can call myself a published writer and now I have no more goals between me and writing my own novel.  For anyone wanting to purchase a copy you can do so here.

My inspiration for Snow Day came from a video of falling snow my friend Leanne sent me while she was overseas.  I was surprised by how quickly the story came together.  I had some help with the editing and then sent it in.  A huge thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me with all my writing so far.  It has made all the difference having so many positive encouraging people in my corner.  I am forever grateful and truly blessed.  Even if you’re the only people who read my work, writing it brings me so much joy.

Snow Day

I am now focused on completing my own novel and have currently written 32,000 words! I will continue to update my blog as I come across things I want to share and hopefully in the not too distant future I will be sharing my first book with you all!

Find the things that make your soul sing

Little J

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