Writing is more than wordsmithing

For me, it’s about connection!

I have now been writing on Medium.com for about a year. The first six or seven months were like sticking my toe into frigid waters knowing I didn’t know how to swim, and it still is in some ways.

Writing has never been an intended professional pursuit for me. As a child and a student, I disliked reading and it showed. I guess I am a product of a dysfunctional home where reading wasn’t valued. I’m not blaming my folks, it just wasn’t on their radar. Subsequently, I learn slowly and at a pace that suits me.

I also recognize I have been given so much by my association with this venue that I felt compelled to elaborate why I am here and what it means to me to be a part of such an incredible group of talented people.

There are three main reasons I write here on Medium:

  1. There is an incredibly diverse population of talented people. They are poets, playwrights, social entrepreneurs, writers, directors, therapists, theologians, and so much more. The breadth of their gifts span the horizons of genius and the savvy and creative artisans of modern journalism. And last, but not least, there is room for people just like me, those that are here expressing their inherent wisdom. They inspire me to do something I never liked doing — reading!
  2. The site itself is awesome. Though I don’t work at it full time, learning the ins and outs have been both fun and frustrating. Knowing that reading is difficult for me, I recognize that I own most of this problem, but it’s so exciting to know that there are answers to almost every question. The reason I say almost is that there are probably tricks that I am just not aware of and only time, experiment and exploration will teach what I should have previously known.
  3. With a little work, one can get paid! With a lotta work, writing could almost be enjoyable…and profitable. (Kidding) I’m here on Medium because reading and writing have become an interest of sorts for me, but more impressively, it is what I have learned by reading the work of others that has the greatest appeal. I have enjoyed the content and style of so many people and even more importantly their writing has exposed me to their hearts. I have read about their joys, their sadnesses, their thrills, spills, and oops’. Most of all I have enjoyed the emotions that are connected to their works. I can see, hear, and almost touch their minds and the connection I feel with many is almost visceral.

I don’t want to get all mushy, but here are several writers whose wide breadth, down to earth, and informative works have impressed me enough that I want to share them with my audience.

And, I want to say thank you to each and every one of them for the inspiration I have received just by reading what they’ve written on the publications that appear on Medium and for there continued commitment to this craft and the art of helping people.

Bridget Webber, Deb Knobelman, PhD, Elle Rogers, Shannon Ashley, Michelle Monet, Agnes Louis, Zita Fontaine, Darius Foroux, Rebeca Ansar, Tim Denning, Margareth van Steenlandt, Guérin Asante and there are so many more.

Let me simply end this piece by saying…You All Inspire Me!

A believer in Lifelong Learning and Collaborative Wisdom, remembering Who I AM through essay, story, and poetry. Listening for narratives that nurture Life.

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