Earlier this year I knew it was time for me to start writing a book. I wrote my first creative non-fiction piece. I sent it to several talented friends and then became sad at the feedback. I felt like I would never have the tools needed to tell a complete story. I love my writing style, I love the free-flowing nature of my words. But, this style hasn’t always felt conducive to story telling. I didn’t have the tools.
I met Cindy at an Asheville Blogger group about 4 years ago. I was nervous to be there but, she seemed comfortable and confident. She spoke about writing like it was her second nature and with such ease that I knew she was probably talented. Plus, I’m pretty sure she was wearing a leather jacket so she had to be legit.
After meeting I made a point to find her blog. I spent the next several hours reading and laughing and reveling at her story telling prowess. She guided me through her stories effortlessly and joyfully. I never felt like I was struggling to get through a piece, instead I held onto every word. As someone who writes personal essays, storytelling felt like writing magic to me. What kind of sorcery does Cindy Reed have that I can just not tap into? (you can read Cindy’s work here.)
When I realized that Cindy began offering a writers bootcamp I locked that into my mental bucket list. I will do that one day.
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