“Writers write about things that other people don’t pay much attention to… A writer’s job is to make the ordinary come alive, to awaken to the specialness of simply being.” - Natalie Goldberg
Pen to paper, word to web, this is a blog about the writing life. My name is Bethany and I’m a full-time writer by day, and a blogger and artist by night. I’m also a staff writer for Prodigal Magazine. I live and work in the Chicago suburbs with my musician husband Matt.
I started this blog to keep myself motivated as a writer during my waitressing days after college and before full-time employment. Blogging is the best decision I made for my writing career, because it has taught me about diligence, good design, and generosity, and it has connected me with a really amazing community of writers and readers. If you flip through my archives you’ll see that as my life has grown and changed, so has my writing. To my own surprise, I’ve learned that there is a blessed continuity in writing if we let ourselves just keep writing, even when fear tells us to abandon it.
Yes, I’ve finally found the secret to becoming a “real” writer :
the more I write,
the more I want to write.
I hope in reading this blog you will discover the same blessings of creativity, progress and inspiration that I’ve discovered in writing it. If you’re passionate about poetry, literature, writing and life, stick around. Read my words and please, by all means, leave a few of your own. True to my title, I’m writing and righting as I go; your readership and your response are an important part of what I do. Post a comment, send me an email. I’d love to get to know you!
Like the design of She Writes and Rights? Darrell Vesterfelt is the talent behind it.