I love words.
I love magazines, newspapers, and libraries full of books. Language haunts me, in letters, poetry, and love-notes posted on the bathroom mirror. I can even love advertisements, because I appreciate a clever turn of phrase. Precise statements and provocative arguments are compelling. I love vivid imagery and raw, vulnerable prose.
I. Love. Words.
I write because I have to.
Writing is how I tell the story of my life to myself and others. I say that I am a talk-to-think person. Sometimes I don’t know what I think until I hear it come out of my mouth. Sometimes even I am surprised by what I say. (Sometimes I want to stuff the words back in.)
Writing has the same effect for me, the same power, except better.
With writing, I can edit and re-write. I can have the initial unbridled word-dump, be surprised by what I have written, and then refine it to say more precisely what I mean to say.
I joke that I cannot tell the short version of any story. That’s not always a good thing. ;-) So, much of my editing is shaving words. Saying what I mean with an economy of words makes me happy.
I wrote my first children’s story in collaboration with my best friend in eighth grade. The story took the top prize in a small contest, and gave me that first thrill of seeing my words in print. Writing children’s books became my dream – a dream that remained on the back burner.
Since then, more writing. I’ve been published in local and community newspapers, and I wrote a regular op-ed column for a (now-defunct) website. For nearly 20 years off-and-on, I’ve done freelance writing for corporate and non-profit clients: advertising, marketing materials, press releases, newsletters, and more recently, website content.
Now it’s time to return to my first dream — a dream that has grown and evolved while it simmered over the years. I’m working on fiction now: first a YA novel, with other story ideas impatiently waiting their turn.
It started out as the name for my (then daily) photography blog, found here. My daughter came up with the name, which she wanted me to spell with a ‘K’ as her name is. No made-up spellings for me though – a cool made-up word was good enough.
The creative process is a bit scattered for me – ideas, light, thoughts, facts, senses, opinions, texture, images, research – all that and more is in the creative field. My task is to pay attention, find the essential idea, and capture it in such a way that I can share it.