In March of last year I was growing increasingly more frustrated with some indie books I had been reading that frankly, stank. The plots were good, the characters had potential but the writing was AWFUL. It was a problem I had been seeing more and more often in the writing world, not just with indie books but also with traditionally published books.
One day, apropos of reading a couple other creative writing websites, I started to think, "If they can do it, why can't I? They don't have exactly the kind of content I'm envisioning anyway, so why couldn't I try it? It would be a way to give back to the writing world which has given me so much." Teaching subjects I love has been a passion of mine for years but until that moment I hadn't actually seriously considered just up and doing it.
When I mentioned this idea to Mirriam- who often had to listen to my venting about bad writing- her response was instantaneous approval and support. She told me that she'd been thinking for months that I would be good at teaching/coaching creative writing. Her response blew me away and when I told Kate the idea later that day, I was shocked for the second time when she reacted similarly.
I began scribbling ideas and drafting posts. Over the summer I chose a website host and discussed graphics. Slowly but surely my idea began to take shape in reality.
The process wasn't without its hurdles: delays and setbacks in design and strong self-doubts about not actually being good enough or would people listen to me if I didn't have a college degree or an author reputation, to name a few. Through all of this Mirriam, Kate, my mother, and my sister encouraged me to keep going.
It's been an exciting, sometimes nerve-wracking journey but finally earlier this week, I pushed that big shiny 'PUBLISH' button on this website.
Huge, from-the-bottom-of-my-heart thanks go to the people without whom I would not be writing this post:
My mother - who spent hours making all of my graphics and working with me until I liked the results.
Mirriam - who never let me give up and kicked me when persuasion didn't work.
Kate - who was my never failing encouragement and always ready with examples of why I should do this.
My sister Dessa - whose blunt comments about being more than happy to share my teaching abilities with people she thought needed them always made me laugh.
The handful of people who I told beforehand and who said, "Hey, that's great, yes, you should do this!"
I hope you enjoy reading the site and Happy Writing!