My Writing Journey- Martha Danielson
I remember the first story I wrote. I was in grade school and the story was about aliens invading a small town, a Twilight Zone kind of piece. That brief dabble in writing ended but I becoming a avid reader. Writing did not capture me as a teenager or young adult, nor did I have the opportunity to take writing classes. It was years later with the invention of a word processor and then the computer that unearthed a seed that, as a child, had been buried in my heart. I began to believe that maybe I could write. Spell check and adjustable fonts, whats not to love.
Dark times in my personal life drove me to begin journaling at a time when I was incapable of writing a postcard, but what I put onto endless pages of legal forms and in spiral bound notebooks saved my life. What poured from my heart became stories that I could share with others. Autobiographical works morphed into fiction and poetry. It took the second time of retiring from full time jobs and moving to Kansas to put me into the position of being able to audit writing classes at the local college. I absorbed it all and found such joy in the words I was putting on the page.
With the effects of the pandemic putting me into a place where I had so much time at home and after exhausting all my other methods of amusement, cleaning, sewing, painting, cooking (lots of muffins and cookies), I was inspired to begin writing again. What I had been doing for years was stored on my computer just waiting for reviewing and editing, lots of editing. I was surprised to find that some of what I had done was quite interesting. The idea came to me that perhaps I could publish a piece that could be shared with others. So here I am, a writer living in a new place with no one who might give me the support that I feel I need to carry on. Huge fears loom in my mind when I think of putting what I have done out into the world. I'm hoping my courage will not fail me as I continue on this writing journey.