December 28th, 2010 just a few days after meeting a very special friend, I wrote and posted my very first poem. I had just filed for divorce and my friend encouraged me to write to help me deal with the emotional turmoil I was feeling. It was the day after my birthday and I remember lying in my bed, depressed, when my friend called me to cheer me up. It was with his encouragement that I picked up my pen once again.
I mainly write poetry and 99% of my writing comes straight from the heart. They are my thoughts and feelings; my joys and sorrows that can only be expressed through my poetry. I am very much an open book, to read me is to know me. I have no secrets.
I think when I first starting posting, a few personal friends joined Gather and commented to support me. Then one day, Kathryn stumbled on my poetry. She commented a few times with so much kindness and encouragement. She asked that I join her group (Triple Name Club) and soon after, to become a moderator.
From her encouragement, I made other friends; a steady group of regulars that would read, comment, mentor, and help me to become a better writer. Now, aside from poetry, I immensely enjoy prompts like these that help me to branch out and learn new ways to express myself and my limited writing talents. I have learned through short stories, and groups like Genre Shorties, how to write off the wall stories where I can include humor. It gives me great pleasure and is actually very healing and therapeutic for me to write; regardless of what format.
Answer the following questions in no more than four paragraphs, with no more than four sentences per paragraph (aren't I evil? Muwahahaha!!):
What got you started on your writing journey?
What do you write?
Why do you write?
Is there a genre in which you've always wanted to write, but never had the courage to do so? Which genre, and what's kept you from writing in it?
How did you find out about Gather and Gather's writing group?
And that's it!