I am a writer! However, for many years I didn’t know it. Early on, writing seemed like a chore. When I attempted to keep a diary like the little girls on television and in my Judy Blume books, I was left with many blank pages. I just couldn’t make myself jot down my daily happenings. Instead of “Dear Diary”, for me it was “Dear God”. Why would I share my hopes, dreams, hurts, pain, frustration and even anger with a book?! It just didn’t make sense. I had been taught to give my heart to Jesus and to tell Him about anything that’s bothering me. I knelt on the side of my bed, folded my hands, bowed by head, closed my eyes and prayed to Almighty God. Although I didn’t realize at the time that there was more than one way to pray—like in a prayer journal—I was and am still a writer!
As a child, writing for me was simply writing in complete sentences while using correct grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. In fact, I was a nerd in that department. I enjoyed learning grammar and, I especially LOVED diagramming sentences. What eighth grade student enjoys grammar lessons?! This girl right here! Although it seems odd, my love for structuring sentences then has helped me to be the writer I am now. After all, I am a writer!
As an English Education major at Miami University, I began exploring this hidden talent of mine thanks to my “Creative Writing” class. I found myself writing poetry and short stories, and it was fun! The creative writing allowed me to tap into my five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, touch. I was learning how to paint a vivid picture with words because I am a writer!
As a former high school English Teacher, it is now my desire and mission to use this God-given talent I failed to recognize before. I look forward to the journey of writing. It is my hope and prayer that my words will help and uplift others, for the world will soon see that I AM A WRITER!
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