I’m often asked, “How did you begin to write?” Recently, I was selected as one of the “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading,” and asked to expand on this question for their book. I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you also.
My journey began in the early 90s. I woke up one morning and was overwhelmed by the turmoil that had manifested in my life. I had been dragged into not one or two, but three litigations. Concurrently, I had moved to Colorado at the wake of Amendment 2, an anti-gay and lesbian initiative which shook me. Then, I suffered a late-term miscarriage and lost my baby. To sum it up, I felt adrift. While I had always heard that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, I wondered how much more I could take.
I started asking myself questions like, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “What is my mission in life?” and the answers to these questions began showing up in my life. Through a series of serendipity, synchronicity and nothing short of miraculous events, I realized the Universe was directing me to do something I had no experience with. Spirit was guiding me to write.
I was a scientist by training, and writing had never been in the cards for me. To write wasn’t a logical choice so I ignored the Universe’s call. Do you know what happens when you don’t do what God or Spirit desires? Over the course of four years, Spirit orchestrated situations which encouraged I put pen to paper and write, concluding with my partner handing me a computer on Valentine’s Day, 1997, saying, “Put up or shut up!” I knew then, there was no turning back. My fingers met the keyboard, and with my hunt and peck typing, my world morphed as I opened to what Spirit was suggesting I write.
Today, I realize I began writing because I was called to write, and this is why I write to this day. Indirectly, it is part of my journey, why I am here on this planet. For whatever reason, this scientist needed to set aside logic, hang up my lab coat for a while and trust. Perhaps that was my greatest challenge, trusting that Spirit has a higher vision for my life, and surrendering to it. Indirectly, I’ve become a creative vessel, a voice for Spirit’s messages which are conveyed in my books. Perhaps the greatest triumph in my writing is that I’m a better person, as a writer, than as the scientist who was once instrumental in the product development of the popular soft drink, Crystal Light.
I countinue in, "A writer's journey to finding her way - Part II."