While I have a love of reading, I also have a great love of writing and have often been asked "what inspires me to write?"
While I could say: it is purely my love of the written word and how these can be formed into such diverse sentences it is perhaps for a far more deeper and personal reason, which inspires me. In brief: my inspiration to write is that it literally helps to save my sanity...!
As an average school student with average grades, one particular subject always stood out as my best: English comprehension, essays. However, I did not pursue a career in writing until many years later when I sought a change in direction from secretarial work. In an effort to develop my writing skills, I became involved with a Writers' Group and attended several writers' workshops.
As my writing overlapped my secretarial work, I naturally used my new found skills to write my own family & friends newsletters. This inevitably followed with writing many topical letters to newspapers and articles to magazines, such as a three-part article in an Australian Self-sufficiency magazine: Grass Roots about the pros and cons of living in suburbia as opposed to rural: "Is the Grass Greener" published in 2009.
Other articles have also been published in the Brisbane Child, Woman & Child and the Town & Country Farmer magazine about a Clydesdale we once owned and about the special bond between Man and Beast: "Horse Antics - Straight From The Horse's Mouth" published in 2004.
I have been writing for over 30 years now and while my writing started out purely as an enjoyable hobby, it soon became good therapy, particularly when I felt the need to express what was on my mind, no matter whether the subject was uplifting or somber; it was always and still is good therapy - personally.
At one stage I had considered the idea of undertaking a journalist course to help further my writing skills. However, when my second child was eventually diagnosed with autism and intellectual impairment, my writing career was suddenly put on hold and I literally stopped writing...
Eventually, in an attempt to keep up with my writing, I turned my skills to something which I'd never thought about, let alone imagined I would ever do - I decided to write a book - a memoir - about my own personal experience of living with a child with autism and intellectual impairment.
This has ultimately led me to become a memoir writer and published article writer about many diverse topics which are personal to myself, by merely documenting much of life's experiences: both good and bad - happy and sad. No matter what the subject, the inspiration to write about it has always been and will always remain good therapy, which in turn helps to save my sanity in this often mad and insane world...
Heather Golding - Author Memoir and Published Article Writer Extract from an article - dated December 2011
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