I’ve been writing all of my life, since the day I could hold a pencil in my hand and learn to spell. It’s something as natural to me as breathing. When I was a young child my stories were nothing more than a few sentences and a crayon drawing at the bottom of the page.
Through high school and college I could be found sitting on the beach like a Bohemian hippie, writing lyrics and poetry. There were nights you would find me in the hallway of my dorm, hot pot of instant coffee and me sitting against the wall with a notebook writing through the middle of the night while all the other college students were asleep.
During my marriage and raising children I began keeping a journal about my feelings of being a wife and mom. I wrote poetry and journal entries which would become short stories.
I was always writing something.
Yet until a few years ago whenever someone asked what I did I would say I’m a mom. I was a Sunday School teacher, a soccer mom, PTA mom, Cub Scout leader and a Brownie leader. There was never a mention of “I’m a writer.”
It’s funny how you can write and write your whole life and never say you were a writer.
Until my first book was published.
Well, even when it was published I still would say “I write books.”
It was my close high school friend, Rich, that said to me one day: “Why don’t you say what you are? You’re a writer. You’re a published author. You’re exactly what you wanted to be.”
Wow…I never thought of myself as that.
There’s really no definitive answer “why” I never said it or thought it; I spent most of my life raising my kids, so to think of myself as someone other than that seemed like a foreign concept to me.
Yet the truth of the matter is that I AM a writer. I AM a published author. I AM a lyricist.
And I’m even more than that.
I’m a writer who uses her words to heal and help others and try and make a difference in the world.
Writing is a part of my everyday life and as much a part of me as breathing is.
And as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I can use my writing to share my experiences with others; to help them through a difficult time; to let them know they’re not alone.
Writing is my voice that I want to be heard.
Writing is my heart reaching out to love the world.
Writing is my soul that shares it passion.
Writing is my passion and my dream come true.
Writing is the one way I know to reach out to people. It’s my way of helping, sharing and making a difference in one life and one day, I hope, the world.
My name is Anne Dennish.
And I’m a writer.
And it’s a very good thing…for me.
Wishing you love and light,