Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Kathy Manney in Today’s Showcase
Passion and dedication. Take these two qualities and focus them into a goal to become an unstoppable force. Need proof? Meet EzineArticles Expert Author Kathy Manney.
Although she had wanted to become a professional writer since winning a national high school writing contest, Kathy didn’t trust her writing abilities. When she married and became a mother of two, her dream was always there egging her on to write. It wasn’t until after her children had grown and she was on vacation that she experienced a moment of clarity regarding her goal. “I realized time was running out,” Kathy said. “It was now or never if I was ever going to write for publication.”
With her rekindled drive to become a writer, Kathy returned to school to take writing classes. Many think writing and creativity is an innate spark – you’ve either got it or you don’t – and doubt whether a workshop can turn an amateur into a professional writer. “Only if you want it enough!” is Kathy’s emphatic response. “Life truly is good. Looking back I just have to wonder what took me so long.”
Drawing on inspiration from her travel and life experiences, Kathy reflected that writing is much more than communication and expression – it’s being and breathing. “Writing means something that I can continue indefinitely at my own design,” Kathy expressed. “Writing about one’s life, one cannot help but learn that we are the creators of our own lives through the choices that we made along the way and continue to make. I have always enjoyed creating things. Creating gives me a feeling of control. With crafts or writing; there’s a beginning, middle and an end. I am the one making it happen.”
What were your biggest article writing challenges?
[Kathy] My top writing and marketing challenges have been the fact I am not a journalism grad and not allowing this to checkmate my will to write. If I were to do so, I would inevitably form the habit of being defeated in my decision to forge ahead. In writing nostalgic pieces, recreating feelings can be difficult. As for marketing, something writers seldom discuss is that in every way commercial publishing is a game of chance. Some editors don’t pay as promised and/or it takes many letters of reminder to receive payment when due.
What advice would you give to new writers?
[Kathy] When advising newcomers to the writing field, I suggest that you be a dedicated reader to be a writer. Someone who wants to write, but doesn’t love to read is like someone who talks and never listens. You also have to put the butt to the seat, because writing is a study in determination and persistence. Last, be one of those writers who take seriously the injunction to write about what you know.
Rekindle your passion and dedication for article writing by not only trusting in your abilities, but use the many resources available to build confidence in yourself. Time is running out! Draw on your own life experiences to create unique, quality content that impacts your audience and improves your authority in your niche.
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