Getting lost in words is one of my favourite things to do, whether I’m writing my own or reading other people’s.
Without getting too pompous about it, words connect, and they transcend time. It blows my mind that I can pick up a book written centuries ago, and be transported straight into the author’s world.
We all want to be heard and understood for who we are, and writing is a powerful way to achieve that. That I get to write not only for myself, but for others, feels like a genuine gift.
I’ve been writing prolifically since I was child. I’m (much) older now, so if Malcolm Gladwell is right, and it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be considered an expert at something, then I must be a super-expert writer.
(Don’t worry. I’m not arrogant enough to think I’m really a super-expert writer. I just wanted to emphasise that I’ve been writing for a Very Long Time, that’s all).
I’ve been writing professionally, by which I mean people pay me to do it, since 2016. That was when I decided to leave my unhappy career as a corporate HR manager, and embrace my love of words.
(If you’d like to know more about that, here’s my career change story in full).
Back then, I didn’t know how long I’d last. But I’ve got no other job; no ‘side-hustles’ or part-time back-ups, and I’m still keeping myself housed, fed, and watered through writing. That means I must be quite good at what I do.
If you need more proof than that, some of my customers have kindly said nice things about my work, and I’m happy to provide examples that are specific to your needs. There’s a lot to choose from, so just ask.
All this is a roundabout way of saying that your writing project, whatever it is, will be in creative and capable hands. You might even have fun, too.
Some facts about me
- I once won a bag of out-of-date honeycomb and a Bic biro for having the best handwriting in my school.
- In 2019, I won a nationwide poetry competition hosted by Welcome Gym. I strongly suspect that mine was the only entry.
- I didn’t know I was an introvert, until a personality test I took for work described me as one. It was a revelation.
- I spent five years trying to learn Russian, in an attempt to understand War and Peace in the original language. That didn’t happen, but I can order an elaborate meal and complete a small selection of children’s crosswords.
- In an effort to be more spontaneous, I signed up for improvised comedy classes. I was too scared to perform my comedy on stage, but I did end up meeting the love of my life, so it all worked out in the end.
- My first book received a one-star review on Amazon, titled ‘What a load of twaddle’. It felt like I’d arrived.
- I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a crazy cat lady, but I love my two cats more than some members of my family.
- I used to volunteer for The Samaritans, a listening charity that changed my life.