Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Terre Ritchie in Today’s Showcase
Compassionate and expressive, Expert Author Terre Ritchie began writing articles at the suggestion of her editor. Although haphazard in the beginning, themes began to surface and Terre found herself thoroughly enjoying writing.
Inspired by her rich history of travels, professions, and hobbies, as well as by those closest to her, Terre opens herself to her unique experiences to provide quality, original articles. “My style is open and honest about my life and experiences in the 63 years I’ve been alive,” Terre commented. “There is much to write about because I haven’t been a sedentary person. I travel, I’m involved in many organizations and I’m a learner,” she continued.
Whether writing from her office or sitting at her cottage, Terre pulls the details of her experience and translates them into articles readers love and enjoy. “Everyone’s life is full of stories,” Terre reflected. “Some stories are good, some are hard, and some are too difficult to tell (or so you think). The thing is, once you start it’s hard to shut it down! You find yourself thinking about this right before you go to sleep or first thing when you wake up – it sort of takes over your whole being after a while. It’s a great way for your kids and grandkids to find out things they never knew about you and your life. I love it!”
In our interview, Terre shared her article writing challenges that are by no means unique to her or her niche. However her solutions, like her articles, are original! Here are Terre’s challenges and how she overcame them in her very own words:
- Marketing is not my forte. I leave that to the experts at work … I just write … If you worry about the marketing, it takes all the fun out of writing. Let someone who has a skillset in that area take it over. Maybe your 16 year old grandson!
- Topics are sometimes what stall me for a day or two. Then, I just relax and stop worrying about it. God usually gives me a story that leads into a topic that leads into 5 or 6 [article]s. It’s amazing how that happens.
- Keeping it in the first person when the story starts to flow is sometimes difficult. I want to include so much that I get on a rabbit trail and have to divide that story off into another [article] for some time later! HA!
Once you find pleasure in writing, it takes over – you keep your creative engine running for the next idea to share. If you find yourself overwhelmed by marketing your writing, take Terre’s advice to find someone who can and then you can focus on the quality of your article writing. In doing so, you will find success and begin to enjoy writing!
Do you have a question or comment for Terre? Feel free to leave it in the comments section below.