While I was attending the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers meeting tonight, the members went around and introduced themselves. A few people said they had been writing since they were 10 or 12, which is what I always say because when I was in fifth grade I wrote this great story about the last moments of a piece of gum (At least I thought it was fun when I was a kid). But one member mentioned that she had been writing in a journal since she was 10—and that got me thinking. Although I ditched my old journals years ago, I started keeping a diary when I was 7 or 8. I used to write all kinds of crazy things about my friends, school, and my life. So, by that account, I’ve been a writer for more than 30 years.
It’s funny when things don’t hit you until they nearly knock you out of your chair. Well, at least that’s the way it is with me. Within the last few months I realized that what I say I do (corporate communications strategies and implementation) is what I did for years at both Prescott College and Arizona State University. In my first week at PC, my boss told me to create the full communications strategy, which is what I spent the next 4 1/2 years implementing. But I didn’t really see that until this summer, five years after I left that position.
So tonight I was hit so hard that I fell out of my chair one more time. I have three decades of experience as a writer doing at least one aspect of what I do for my clients: blogging. I’ve also been published and I’m currently working on a book. I’m not sure why it takes me so long to figure these things out, but in case anyone else was curious … I’m a writer.