Guest Post: On Writing

Before we get started I want to thank The Drama Mama for having me here today. I sent out a Tweet asking if anyone wanted to trade guest posts and she replied right away and asked if I would share something at her place today. This is the first time that I’ve guest posted in a while and I am very happy that she was willing to have me. Thank you. (and I am very excited to have her here!!)

Writing whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, in a journal, on a blog, or just in a notebook is one of the greatest forms of expression… or at least I think so.

I love writing and always have. As a child I would come up with all sorts of imaginative stories complete with colorful pictures to go with them, but as I got older I wrote less and less. Much of that lack of writing was due to all the schoolwork that I had to do, but that didn’t dampen my love of literature.

I would read book after book into the late hours of the night often with a flashlight or a small lamp dimly lit so my parents would not see that I was still awake. It wasn’t uncommon for me to read until 2 or 3 in the morning just to finish a book that had fully captured my attention.

Now that I am an adult I have once again started writing and it is only because I started a blog I think and if it weren’t for blogging I don’t know that I’d ever start writing again.

Fiction is where my true love lies. There is something about letting a story flow out of your fingers tips as they grace the keys of my computer. It’s similar to reading where you can escape into another world, another place, another time, and into someone else’s life for a little while. The difference is you don’t know when or how the story will end and you control every twist and turn of the story.

I’ve realized that there is a great deal to writing whether it’s fiction or not and that to do it well you have to write, write, and write some more always going back to edit what you’ve written. Practice does make perfect.

Some may say that it’s just like riding a bike… jump back on and you’ll be riding like you always did. I don’t feel that way though. After having taken such a long break from writing it was hard to get started again my skills and imagination had grown rusty over the years. I had so much to say but getting the words out was difficult… my sentence structure was (and still is at times) terrible, run on sentences are my thing, and getting great description is tough.

None of this has stopped me though because I love writing and creating something with my imagination. I found a community of some the greatest writers at Write on Edge and they’re supportive and helpful at every turn and for that I am grateful.

Do you like writing? Do you write fiction or want to? I highly suggest that you take a look at some of the amazing writing that is linked up at Write on Edge each week.

~~~Jackie

Jackie is the voice behind the blog With Just a Bit of Magic. She’s a mom, a wife, a product manager, a sister, a daughter, a writer, and a friend. She can be found all over the internet:

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5 thoughts on “Guest Post: On Writing

  1. Hi Jackie! Nice to ‘meet’ you 🙂 I’ve always wanted to be able to write a fiction piece, because I absolutely love reading one! I honestly don’t think I’m very good at writing fiction though, and most of the times I just gave up and wrote mostly of my real-life experiences. You wrote about encountering difficulties and yet you kept on writing. That’s inspiring! Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. Write on Edge used to be called The REd Dress Club and its how I met Jackie. Seriously, even if you don’t write, you should check out the site over the weekends, on Tuesdays, and Fridays to read the fabulous writing that is there.

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