I met Alissa in an online writing community, but had noticed her work before that. She helped me with a very rough manuscript, cheering me the whole way through a round of edits. Then I got to meet her and discovered her keen eye for how to make things better she applies to her parenting, her neighborhood, her life. She interview me for her women in writing series where I mostly fan-girled all over Sarah Bessey and talked about doing it anyway.
Do you remember when you first began to identify yourself as a writer? How did that identity form for you?
I think for me writing formed out of necessity. I was in a church that wanted to utilize me and my husband to do drama kind of stuff during the service, but the stuff I could find to preform was SO SO BAD. It was awful. So I started writing my own material. This still didn’t make me call myself a writer. I started a blog in 2010, I still didn’t think of myself as a writer, rather as someone who was trying to write. In 2013 I picked “unashamed” as my one word resolution. It took me by storm. I started calling myself a writer, asking myself, what would I do if I wasn’t ashamed I was a writer? Then I would do it! I gained community, I asked for time to write, I bought myself a laptop, I started submitting my work to other places and asking for spaces at tables I wanted to sit at. It wasn’t until I called myself a writer that I started acting like one. I bought into the idea that writers have to have a regular practice, a cabin in the woods, hours by themselves, a book traditionally published. THAT IS NOT REAL! Writers write. As long as you are writing you are a writer.