Tribute to the Writing Community

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Firstly I would just like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. I have been out of action for the last month due to health and family issues but am hoping things will improve now and I can return to doing what I love.

Before I get to the point, I think I should introduce my background and explain how I first came to find myself in the writing world. I grew up in rural Australia in the 1950’s and 60’s. The biggest influences on me growing up were the racism displayed towards Aboriginal Australians and gender inequality. My best friends at high school were Aboriginal girls and I remember clearly not understanding why they were treated as though they were inferior. This combined with gender inequality developed a strong sense of social justice in me that lives on to this day.

The norm for most young girls in my childhood years was that there was no need for a good education. Girls would marry and have a family and the money spent on their education would be wasted. That was certainly the case for me and I remember being devastated when my father told me I wouldn’t be going on to finish high school. If there was a positive in this disappointment, it was that it developed a life long quest in me to increase my knowledge and skills. After raising my own family I was nearly 50 before I finally achieved my life long dream of attending university.

Until 2 years ago I worked as a visual artist and founded an arts organisation in Brisbane called Impress Printmakers Studio Brisbane. I first started writing poetry about twenty years ago for fun as I didn’t have much time to try my hand at writing seriously with a family and art career. But writing is something I have always wanted to pursue, so 2 years ago I laid down the brushes and took up the pen.

I consider myself a novice in the writing world as I have only just published my first book and have only been blogging for just over two months. My thirst for knowledge and my love of trivia inspired me to write Trivia Lovers Ultimate Reference, my first writing project. I decided to write a thoroughly researched book after realizing that some trivia sources were not providing factual and properly researched answers. All too often I would attend my local trivia evening believing I had the right answers to questions, only to find my reference sources had provided inaccurate information or information based solely on urban myth.

During my short writing career I have come to love the writing community. Having experienced the art world, I can honestly say that the support and encouragement writers show towards each other is something to be envied. We write because we believe we have something valuable to share with our readers and if we are lucky to make money. But even though writers are all striving for the same goals I have not experienced the same competiveness in the writing world that you see in other professions. Writers are a true community giving their knowledge, time, support and encouragement to others.

I believe it is a privilege and an honour to be part of this community and to be able to write something that other people are interested in and want to read. I would like to thank all my followers and those who have liked, commented on and shared my posts in 2017. Lets face it no matter how good they are, our blogs only become gems when they are read and shared by our fellow bloggers and authors.

Advances in technology and communications in recent decades have given more writers the opportunity to be published and to have a say in what goes on in the world around them. The way I see it this can only be a good thing for the future, as the sense of community that writers’ share is passed on through the global community.

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