• Meghan Douglass

When the reader becomes the writer

Updated: Mar 15

I wanted to give a small insight into why I have decided to become a writer, maybe give someone else the confidence to try too. I have always been an avid reader. I spent my childhood devouring books, using them as an escape from, what was quite often, a painful reality. Books transported me to new places where anything could happen and no one could hurt me.

As long as I can remember I have always carried a book on me. Check my handbag, there will be one there. My house is full of bookcases in every room overflowing with books, I love the look of books on a shelf. I own a kindle but still love to read a physical book. Books have been a companion to me for so long, I could not imagine my life without them and they have made some of the hardest times in my life just a little bit easier. The second I finish one, I have to have the next one ready and waiting with a bookmark in it. I have read to my son everyday since he was born and I read to him throughout my pregnancy. I hope I can pass on my love of books and reading to him as well.

I have gone through many transitions recently, a drastic career change and then the plunge into parenthood, but throughout it all, my faithful companion the book, never left my side. Throughout these transitions, I had in the back of my mind that I would like to write. My head is full of stories and ideas and I thought I'd have a go at getting them on paper. A large part of my motivation has been wanting to give a little back to a world that has given me so much joy and pleasure throughout my life. To leave my mark in the written world.

I dream of walking into a bookstore and seeing my book on the shelf and watching someone pick it up and buy it. If I can even write one thing that gives one other person a moment of pleasure, I will have achieved my dream. I have a few works in progress at the moment as well as working on my blog. I will continue to enter short story competitions and hopefully one day receive a prize, I have already achieved one honourable mention. I will start posting some short fiction on my site soon and hopefully people will like what they read.

If you are interested to learn more about my journey or reading my future stories, please subscribe below and follow me on twitter. I look forward to you joining me on my journey, who knows where it might take us.

Pile of old books

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