We asked the winner of the Spectacular Settings challenge to share her writing journey with us today. It is with great joy we welcome Elephant's Child to the WEP blog as our first winner guest poster.
Take it away, EC!
Over fifty years ago I was told firmly that I didn't have a creative bone in my body. I have carried that label ever since. Sometimes I barely noticed it, and at other times it weighed heavy. As a consolation prize I was assured that everyone has a special talent - and mine would emerge.
So I waited for that talent to appear. And waited some more. And the years went by.
A few years ago I had an epiphany. I am an appreciator. I am a beauty addict and find it almost everywhere. In nature, and in many man-made creations. Books are a prime favourite and I guzzle them. Across genres. Quirkiness and whimsy too.
Painting, pottery, sculpture, architecture, crafts... A little later I realised that not only am I am appreciator, I like to share the joy and the magic.
When I found the blogosphere about four and a half years ago it was like coming home. I was invited into people's lives, educated and entertained. I laughed with other bloggers, I wept with and for them. I wrote about some of the things which move me, and took photographs to share the wonder. And made friends. Good friends, even though I will probably never meet most of them.
As I explored my vastly expanded world I was introduced to a writing meme 'Words for Wednesday'. Each week a selection of words, a phrase, or an image go up and we are encouraged to play. Some people create incredible stories. I content myself with a paragraph or two. And marvel at the very different things triggered by the same prompt.
When I came across Write Edit Publish I knew I would be back to revel in other people's creativity. Some gentle encouragement pushed me out of my comfort zone. No quick paragraph, but a considered piece. Something I have never done.
When I put my entry up, it was with intense trepidation. I was awed at the creativity and beauty of the other contributions I read, and felt out-classed. When very generous comments started to appear the welcoming and supportive attitude was so very welcome.
AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!!! I won!!! Surprise doesn't begin to cover it. Shock. Disbelief. It is too soon to say that I can (finally) discard that label I have dragged though life, but its shackles are looser than they were.
I am so very grateful that Denise and Yolanda set this challenge up - and for the support and encouragement that everyone has provided. I love this diverse, rich, exciting community.
Thank you EC. We are humbled by your humility. Thank you so much for sharing with us today!
If you haven't read Elephant's Child's poetic entry, Memories. Magic. Mystery. please click here for a visceral treat.
Stay tuned everybody. Next Wednesday we present a post on Copyright. Please join us.
And keep your creative juices running. Our October Halloween challenge will be here before you know it.
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