Before I ever heard the tale of Beauty and the Beast, I had already written my own summation of the story. I was in first grade then. It wasn't till three years later when Disney presented their own version, that I learned my idea of a horrid monster marrying a beautiful girl was not an original idea. Though somewhat disappointing, the news did not break my desire to become a writer.
Though I have only published poetry, I have begun taking courses to become a marketable writer in other facets of creative writing. One course I am studying is with the Institute of Children's Literature. This has been invaluable to my learning curve. I also am subscribing to a writing newsletter and the Writer's Digest in hopes for inspiration and guidance.
My long term goal is to finish and publish a book on a disease I have had since I was seventeen - ulcerative colitis. This is actually two books. One is an informational book that is purely intended to teach others how to cope with the disease. The second is my personal story that will probably be most marketable for the Christian market.
My short term goals are to write and sell articles for magazines or websites. Learning and reading are the most beneficial things when it comes to my writing, which is fortunate since I enjoy both. My topics of interest range from health, nutrition, common diseases to personal struggles, historic biographies, nature. Researching has been important in both my non-fiction and fiction alike.
Currently I have written one non-ficition article and two fictional short stories that I intend to get published. The first being a fact versus myth comparison of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS and inflammatory bowel disease or IBDs and how to tell the difference. My short stories are both inspiriational. Since anorexia nervosa affects many people I love, I wrote one about two sisters and how they deal with one of them having this disease. I pulled many bits and pieces of conversation with those I love suffering from this horrible disease. The other is a young boys struggle with his older brother going off to college and forming his new life, which is intended for those in junior high or younger.