It is a cliché to say, “I started writing when I was a young child,” but it is true. Being diagnosed with chronic asthma at the age of five often confined me to the indoors, and there were only so many cartoons I could watch before becoming bored out of my mind. So I began to spend a lot of time reading and writing. I wrote short stories to entertain my family about growing up on a farm. I also wrote short stories with fictitious characters and pets; sometimes my pets talked and were heroes. One of my favorite pastimes was writing stories and making them into little books for gifts.
Who inspired me to write?
I was inspired to become serious about my writing when my English teacher, Ms. Spears, assigned topics for the class to write about. We had to read our stories to the class. Although she was very passionate about teaching writing, she was stern and at first I feared her. If Ms. Spears felt you weren’t doing your best, she called you out on the carpet. Ms. Spears rarely complimented her students, but she often gave constructive criticism. I was often called out to read my stories to the class.
Most of the time Ms. Spears liked my stories and complimented me; by her complimenting me, I knew that my writing had potential. She told me that I was a good writer and encouraged me to keep on writing. She assigned topics regularly, and I looked forward to writing short stories. Ms. Spears always said, “Everyone needs to learn how to read and write well.”
In 2005, my passion for writing continued to grow, and I created a Saturday school in which I designed and implemented a creative writing program for students in grades 3 through 12. I solely financially supported this program. In this class, different writing styles were introduced, and plays, skits, poetry, and drama were also incorporated into the curriculum.
My favorite types of writing.
I tend to favor the content of books rather than one particular author, as there have been so many writers, poets and playwrights who have influenced me. Some of my favorite books are inspirational, motivational and life-changing, and some of my favorite books have been made into movies. I want to be the author who writes powerful stories and shares information so well that it keeps my readers coming back for more. Every book has the potential to make a positive impact on its readers.
There is an old saying that writing is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Inspiration is not just a desirable characteristic of a writer, it is an integral part of the writing process. Inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. Every writer needs to find some inspiration in order to produce a quality piece that has substance. Writing definitely requires a lot of hard work and determination, and when it flows smoothly, there is nothing more satisfying and gratifying.
How has writing helped me in my studies and in my career?
I enrolled in the Master of Science in Written Communication program here at NLU because I want to hone in on my writing techniques. Each class I complete improves my talent. Being able to write well is imperative to my career, as I aspire to author best-sellers. Acquiring adept skills that will assist me in securing gainful employment by perfecting my writing skills is of the utmost importance to me and my family. I have noticed considerable improvement in my writing since I enrolled in this program. I am very confident and strongly believe this program greatly enhances me launching a successful writing career.