On Becoming a Writer

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On Becoming a Writer

Post by BC Williams on Wed 01 Jun 2011, 6:27 pm

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A Writer's Journey into Self-Expression with Words

It was 2002 and I'd just lost a couple of very important folks in my life. My inner dialog was not great, thoughts of suicide plagued me 24/7, invading my dreams and ruining my days. I realized, I've got to get these thoughts out of my head! In my searching, I stumbled upon the now defunct online writer's workshop called, A Novel Approach. In that wonderfully creative environment I became a member of two groups, poetry and short story writing. Each genre allowed its students one month to complete a specific prompt. We worked together, peer to peer, submitting one, two, sometime 3 drafts - then the final, finished story and poem. I realized early how invaluable peer interaction can be. As a novice, I learned much from the experienced mentors.

Of course my loss played itself out in my earliest writings as in these poems,      
A Fragment of Healing and I Will Not Forget My peers were supportive as I limped away from my morbid state, blossoming into a writer with a focused voice. A Brief Recalling

Writing mentors don't only teach you the logistics of good writing, they show you yourself as if looking into a big mirror. I found becoming a good writer is more than knowing the rules. It's finding that niche inside yourself that has a story to tell, and because you've honed the skills, you can tell it well.

In 2006, wanting to showcase a few of my works, I took out a personal site at Freewebs. As I searched for someone to discuss short story writing with, I landed on the doorstep of an accomplished writer named Rick Jankowski. Under his tutelage, he helped take my abilities as a story teller into a deeper realm. He showed me how to pull the most out of my writing, laying out the methods of 'show, don't tell'. A whole new world was opening to me, one where lighting doesn't just strike, it crackles through the sky like blazing meteorites!

Rick then introduced me to the world of publishing. I found it's tough business getting small press magazines to want your work. You have to taste being published badly enough to put together a proper cover letter, do the research for your chosen genre, and be diligent in submitting. I didn't have the drive, but still managed to get a few pieces published online and in The Storyteller Magazine.

In 2008, I joined a poetry community and soon worked my way up to assistant administrator. Shortly thereafter, I resigned that post but a new world for me had been opened: Web mistress! I love to tinker, and at that time had plenty of time for designing a forum to share my work in.

Recently, I got married to Mr Williams. We live in Lakeland Florida, with our dogs, Pete, Sammy, and Daisy Duke.

BC Williams
2012

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