I am a writer.
If you don’t read this blog regularly, I thought I ought to state the obvious.
I have a small, if not significant, insecurity.
My ‘qualifications’ as a writer are, perhaps, a little sparse. I don’t have a degree in writing, journalism, or the arts. I just have a drive to create and write. For the longest time I felt I couldn’t be taken seriously due to my ‘lack’ of qualifications. After all, it would seem all the best sellers and literary authors all seem to have all these qualifications.
Then I had an epiphany. Craft, education and practice matter. Education comes in formal and informal ways.
To be perfect, gives me no room to grow. Having the courage to live out loud, be open to new experiences and allowing myself to be wrong makes me a better person and writer.
My name is Leila Gaskin – I am a writer.