Iâ€™m a firm believer in giving back, and helping others reach their dreams. Most of us want to make a difference within our lifetimes, and Iâ€™ve learned that Iâ€™m able to reach others through writing.
Throughout my life, Iâ€™ve taken positions where I can use my skill of writing in order to help others. In college, first I worked as a writer and copy editor for the school newspaper, and then I moved into the editor position. It was one way further to help other writers with the skills.
The same thing can be said of copy editing. Some editors like to change another writerâ€™s work in order to make it sound more like theirs. My goal is to fix the distracting, smaller elements, and make the final work shine.
As a professor, I enjoy teaching the upper-division classes the most. Not only because of the subjects â€“ creative writing, feature writing and copy editing â€“ because the students within the classes actually want to be there. Itâ€™s not a lower-division writing class that meets a requirement. Often, half the students hate writing because of bad experiences earlier in their life. Still, a challenge exists: If I can touch a few of them or persuade them of the benefit of writing, then Iâ€™ve succeeded.
At OCC/RWA, itâ€™s energizing and refreshing to be with such a strong group of writers, who all attend meetings with some common goals. We share a passion for the written word, whether itâ€™s reading or writing, and being with others who understand make the journey less lonely.
While we all possess different styles â€“ from inspirational to erotic, to the paranormal to the cozy mystery, from womenâ€™s fiction to GLBT, that commonality remains.
Within the chapter, we have USA Today best-sellers and writers who are just starting out. Those who have written 100 novels, and those who are working on their very first. Such a rich, diverse group of writers, who all share the common passion.
In the following year, please feel free to reach out to me to see how the chapter may meet all our needs. Have an idea, please bring it to one of the board members. New to the group? Make sure to say hello, and weâ€™ll do the same.
We have a fresh start in 2013. Letâ€™s reach toward the goals, and make the most of it.