Writing has meant I’ve gone to conferences and met friends, taken part in writing exercises where you produce work on the spot and then read it out, been shortlisted in a national award so I attended the Gala evening (it was nice to put on some glitz!) so yes I think it’s safe to say writing’s changed my life – for the better. And I’ve seen my name in print once and have stories and poems on the web which I would not have done otherwise. Whilst I would like the novels published, I still feel as if I’m achieving something in getting work out there.
That feeling of achievement is so helpful because I try to use it to spur me on to better writing. I enjoy having work out in the post or en route to online competitions – it’s always good to be in with a chance and when anything is shortlisted it can go on my writing CV.