January 04, 2004

Introducing Hope Wilbanks.....The Writer!

After years of hiding in my writing closet, the time has come for me to emerge. Only the closest of family and friends have known of my desire and passion to write.

As a child, I entered creative writing competitions and won several trophies and prizes. My love of words faded, though, until I reached tenth grade. It was then I discovered journaling in English class.

At first, I loathed journaling. I detested the idea of having to write every day. Eventually writing about "nothing" the first ten minutes of class every day became such a mundane task that I started writing a story.

Based on my best friend and her boyfriend, my story took on a life of its own. Set in the future, I let my mind wander, writing about how many children they’d have, what jobs they would be in, and more. Upon completion, my best friend read the story and liked it. She asked me to type it and print it out for her. She wanted her own copy. I couldn’t believe it!

I had great confidence in my writing back then. I wasn’t scared of what anyone would say about what I wrote. I was thrilled to share it with whomever wanted to read it. Looking back, I wonder when and how I lost that enthusiasm and passion for writing and eagerness to exhibit my hard work.

Then a couple of years ago, a great friend of mine approached me. She told me she was trying to put together a book of writing that would be a fund-raiser for our church. She asked if I would contribute something to it. To this day, she still has no idea that by asking this of me, she became the match that re-lit the writing embers buried in my soul.

So now here I am, creating a new me. I embrace and acknowledge that I am a writer. I am still self-conscious when someone reads my writing. But I am learning that no matter what anyone else thinks, I must do that which feeds my spirit and mind.