We’re thrilled to bring you Writer Wednesdays, where you can meet one of our prolific WriterAccess writers every week! This week’s feature is Ryn G from Tucson, AZ. For more featured writers, visit our Writer Wednesday category.
What got you started on the path of your writing career?
I can’t remember a time when I did NOT write. Mom used to always read to me as a kid and I penned my first story pretty early. I had a collection of illustrated poems by second grade. Writing became a daily outlet and a joy. Then I finally discovered I could make a living from this stuff!
How do you handle writer’s block when you’ve got orders to fulfill?
Writing an outline (sometimes again and again) and then filling in the blanks below the headings with dribble drabbles of text seems to work. Before I know it, a good chunk of the order is complete and just needs to be fit together like puzzle pieces and glued tight with transitions and additional details.
Which writers do you think have informed your perspective on prose the most?
Definitely the creative non-fiction crew of Joan Didion for her stark insights, Erma Bombeck for her humor and Ann Rule for her ability to tell a dang good story.
Whether it’s personal or professional, do you have any writing goals for yourself in the future?
One of my overall writing goals has always been to be akin to the contemporary female version of William Blake or Shel Silverstein, producing a series of books that couple my poetry with my artwork to make people think, laugh and perhaps even react by changing the way they look at things or even throwing the book against the wall.
Oh yeah, I also wouldn’t mind retiring to my writing chamber in a chateau somewhere in France.
What wisdom would you like to impart to other writers?
I get a lot of strength from quotes hung around my house:
- “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” (Calvin Coolidge on fridge—read the entire passage for full effect.)
- “If you’re going through hell keep going.” (Winston Churchill on wall.)
- And another Churchill doozey that I place in various areas depending on my mood: “Never, never, never give up.”
Ryn G is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.