The Path Already Traveled

I’ve been a writer for as long as I could write. I have evidence of my first books, a series of fictional stories about a little girl named Betty; complete with illustrations and written when I was 6 years old. But oddly enough, “author” was never one of the many careers that I considered for myself. Nurse, teacher, architect, concert violinist, travel agent, women’s rights activist, psychologist, anthropologist, social worker, epidemiologist, and tour guide… but never an author. I suppose that writing came so naturally to me that I didn’t consider it anything more than the way that I expelled my thoughts and feelings. I wrote fictional stories, I kept diaries and journals, I wrote essays for the fun of it, and I was one of those weird students who loved writing research papers. Later on, I edited written works for friends and family, and eventually, volunteered as a literacy tutor.

It wasn’t until I was re-evaluating my career path that the idea of being a writer came to the surface. I had managed and developed non-profit programs for years. During that time I learned a great deal about grant writing, which led to a position as a Grants Manager and Writer, which led to more writing opportunities. Suddenly, everyone seemed to know someone who needed a grant written… or a resume written… or a press release written. I had been tutoring and editing on the side for many years, but I was somewhat surprised to find that people needed my skills to meet such a vast array of writing-related needs.

And that brings us to The Enlightened Pen. This blog allows me to share my thoughts and connect with people who share my passions. Come walk this path with me for a while…

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