I have my Master's Degree of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a focus in Fiction, and write nearly every day. Although I am primarily an essayist at present–with my original essays posted herein–fiction is a big part of my life in the form of reading and editing. I am especially passionate about working with fiction writers on their short story and novel manuscripts.
In addition to having my Master's, I have been a member of the Intellectual Academy for over a decade, which is an organization that fosters intellectual growth based on reason and objective self-reflection. Among its many tenets, a significant one is that living well entails making your life a journey of objective development, rather than of palatable social platitudes. Learning how to clearly and succinctly communicate with others is a primary value, which is why this organization has been an indispensable asset to my literary and moral development.
My writing philosophy is this: There is a difference between natural writers and learned writers, though the ability to clearly put thought onto page is available to everyone. The visibility of our written word allows our errors to become highlighted, which can be very frustrating. With practice and targeted reading though, our literary fluency can and will improve, freeing us to be more expressive, concise, and meaningful on the page.
Many writers and writing coaches focus on the endgame. Good for them. However, publishing is not the only endgame. Writing is a primal form of expression which can enhance our lives whether or not anyone else reads it. The journey can indeed be scary and frustrating, but as my mentor says, anything worth doing ought to be practiced and approached with optimism.
And one more thing he always says: Take a breath, you will think better that way. I am here to help other writers find that breath so they can develop their Voice and Vision.