My name is Chiquandra and I am a writer. I’ve struggled with calling myself a writer for a long while now because I don’t always feel like a writer. A couple of years ago, while trying to “find a new self”, I decided I wanted to apply to the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. I submitted my application along with what I thought was my best writing sample and hoped for the best. A few months later, I got my, “thanks, but no thanks” letter.
Determined not to give up, I continued writing, but I decided not to apply again. Once that decision was made, my writing took off. I started following anything writing related on Twitter and joined the #SeptWritingChallenge. Since starting the #SeptWritingChallenge, I’ve tracked almost 150,000 words that include one and a half novels, a couple of blog posts and random other musings.
I’ve also connected with several writers on and offline and immersed myself in the conversation and practice of writing. I have fallen in love with my process of writing and I am a more deliberate, consistent and confident. My only caveat is that though I am a creative writer, I am not always a grammatically correct writer. Instead of setting my writing free, my fear of grammar nazi’s caused me to keep it all to myself, until now. I am now ready to throw caution to the wind and share my bowl of alphabet soup with the world.
Writing is regenerative, the more you write, the more you have to write. And the more you have to write, the better your writing gets.
Now that I’ve completed the first novel, that I want to publish, I am looking for professional help to get it ready for publication. I’ve also decided to take a break from the monthly writing challenge and participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. I wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo last November, but I chickened out. The 50,000 word count in a month was more than I could commit to at that time.
So, I’ve packed my sleeping bag, bug spray, shower shoes and an extra bag of marshmallows and I’m ready to sit around the campfire and trade stories with my fellow cabin mates.
If you are interested in joining us, you can sign up here.