The winners of July’s Word Weaver Writing Contest share their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff.
The piece I wrote for Dan Alatorre’s July Word Weaver Writing Contest is the first chapter of my novelette titled “Interlock,”
I was born in 1946 and grew up in small town America, Holgate, Ohio, to be exact. Holgate is also the birthplace of the famous Hollywood comedian Joe E. Brown. See
“It was always my desire to write, from the first time I held a pencil and paper in my hands.”
– Barbara Anne Helberg
Along the way, I did two different stints on area newspapers as a writer/photo journalist, and completed four different writing courses including “Fiction Writing” at the Famous Writers School in Westport, Connecticut.
I can write anywhere, and have, even now in my senior years. Words come easy, yet commercial publication isn’t my biggest goal;
what is a gift without the joy?
I love everything about the writing process
It’s difficult to tell others about a gift that gives back; writing gives me purpose and life and joy. I’d rather write than go back to the times in the barn hayloft when I could beat my brothers (with my Dad) at two on two basketball. Well… Maybe those two things come out as even in joyfulness!
I seek no bookshelves, nor look backward, nor crave for recognition beyond what I achieve in my own writing being. On WordPress,
I share my stories, thoughts, articles, and writing life for whatever spark it may give to others as I merrily go on my writing way.
“Interlock” came about after I’d read Stephen King’s book, “Misery”. His scary story about a writer’s “best” fan and the consequences of their forced relationship
got me wondering if I could write something that scary
I’m a sports nut and an animal lover. Several of my NIANs involve those two worlds, as do the following blogs:
All families have “stuff”, too. Creating characters and their extended lives and wrapping them around things I know and have experienced, while learning new tricks, as well, is an exciting challenge and always a good day’s romp.
More of my writing life continues at my Primary WordPress blog,
and at the other 19 blogs I produce, including my Second Primary WordPress blog, http://www.horsesandanimalsaretalkin.wordpress.com .
I write composite articles that allow me to link to others’ blogs, as well as to my own. (P.S., I don’t write on all 20 blogs every month!)
But writing, on and on, through and through… It’s the only way of life for me! And I’m eight happy years retired from my day job!
Gang, join me in thanking Barbara for her insights into her writerly world, and check out her twenty blogs!