When my attempts to write were squelched in high school, I let twenty plus years go by before I utilized writing as a tool of expression.
When I began again it was to affirm goals, vision and success and the humble beginning of my nutritional consulting practice
A psychic in the dry years said to me …you are a writer! I of course at the time wasn’t.
When journaling got me to the top of my game, I thought maybe that’s what he meant.
As my business grew I found myself wanting to simplify nutrition information, educate my consumers and of course keep in touch.
Two efforts; my monthly newsletter and product of the week emails were a great success.
Hmmmmm there goes that writing thing again.
One year ago with the intent of driving traffic to my nutrition website I began to apply the writing I was already doing to a blog format.
Best of Mother Earth was born.
He did this thing – this writing project thing called What I Learned From… and I started to participate.
What I learned from WILF ( ha!) is how thought provoking an assigned topic can be.
I found that my writing had form to it vs the ramblings of a blog post.
I also learned that my stories were often enjoyed by others — who knew!!
WILF also had me think about deadlines. Oh! You want something cohesive by a certain date?
I write every day for my blog but I never feel pressure to perform. I write because I have something to say. Does that make sense?
She is a talented witty, thoughtful, pretty red head who asked me the most wonderful questions.
Because of her I found myself wondering what it might be like to be a writer.
In July I said it out loud, declared it – I am a writer – and landed a paid writing gig, and a contributing column in the local paper!!
I feel like I should pinch myself
Playfully and recently I put my big toe into a few like minded writing arenas. I have begun to blog with a green moms carnival, an affluent people living sustainably group and a green BlogHer group. I find myself really jazzed to participate and write about a topic that I am well versed in with others who are equally as passionate, some even more than I. My circles are beginning to broaden
I never would have ventured into any of these lofty writing arenas if it wasn’t for Joanna. I am not saying this because I am guest posting either.
She started it – she had me wonder.
What would it be like to be a writer?
An issue of The Sun somehow landed in my mailbox, I had never seen nor heard of it before. It’s a magazine devoted to the personal, political and the provocative through words and imagery. No Ads. How refreshing.
I read it from cover to cover.
There is a section in The Sun called Readers Write devoted to a specific topic – the next topic was the dinner table and I found I had to write about my childhood dinner table – I just had to.
A bloggy friend and brilliant poet Nadine Sellers, proofed, edited, and coached me – a cover letter? Oh yeah! My entry was postmarked yesterday. I will know in March if my entry was picked. March?!?
I asked Nadine to consider writing an entry for next months topic and said I’ll enter if you will! She agreed!
It occurred to me that maybe others might want to join us ? The topic is Faith and it’s due October 1st.
Writing projects they stretch me. Perhaps they will stretch you too. If anything writing projects connect you to the most wonderful people.
I ‘met’ Karen in various places around the blogosphere, including Liz Strauss’s Open Mic nights, before meeting her in person, as she describes, in Chicago in May.
You can find more of Karen’s work at these sites: Karen Hanrahan ~ Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant/Blog Author 708.482.0678 ~ Websites: Nutrition, Weight Loss and Green Clean and read her blog at Best of Mother Earth