Five sentences describing my journey with words, language, and writing. One angle; a work in progress.
As a child, I could be found manipulating Scrabble letters, taking pride in placing 100-point words like “QUETZAL” on triple word spots.
Empty notebooks and freshly acquired pens were always in my possession just in case a moment overwhelmed me or a quote fell in my lap.
In college, I began and abandoned many blogs in an attempt to figure the world out through writing, but became overwhelmed with the volume of reading required as a literature major.
My first year of teaching was disillusioning since college classes disregarded my writing identity in order to bathe solely in Shakespeare.
After several institutes and conferences, I became more confident in the formulaic, tested expectations of writing; now, however, I am becoming a confident writer myself who is experiencing writing community just as students should.