As long as I can remember, I have loved to write. It was in my DNA. When I was 10, I’d go to work with my father―an editor for one of the local newspapers―on Saturday. I’d stand next to him as we watched the pressmen place the metal pieces of type on the linotype press. The huge cylinders would spin at lightning speed, transferring the ink on to the large sheets of paper. I can still remember the smell of the ink and the sight of my father overseeing the “run” with that thick black charcoal pencil tucked behind his ear. (BTW: I still use those pencils!)
If that wasn’t enough, my mother wrote poetry.
I knew I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to be a writer. Writing became my passion. I wrote stories, poems and letters and kept journals. I would write on napkins, matchbook covers, little scraps of paper—whatever was nearby when an idea popped into my head.
All that writing paid off. In my senior year of college, I was one of 15 students selected by Pulitzer Prize-Winning author William Kennedy to participate in his journalism/writing course. Entry was based on writing submissions.
In 1993, I started The Ys One Writing Service. What began as a part-time venture has evolved into a full-time business. Instead of newspaper articles, press releases and reports, I’m writing blog posts, website content, eBlasts, eBooks and video scripts.
In the years that followed, I received numerous accolades for my writing. The one I’m most proud of came after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. I received the Communication Concept 2002 APEX Award for Publication Excellence for Magazine and Newspaper Writing for my work following the attacks.
For me, it’s never been work or what I do. It’s who I am. My love for writing and words, along with the satisfaction I get from seeing how those words affect, inform, change, move and influence people, is why I continue to write.
Today, I’m an award-winning writer, editor and writing coach.