I work as an independent grant writer and I love helping charities get the money they need to help needy people in the community. But what I love more than anything is reading & I have a natural talent for finding errors, correcting grammar, and ensuring that verb tenses agree. I’ve decided it’s time to monetize this thing that I’ve been doing all of my life for free!
I started winning awards for my writing when I was just 13 years old – for some poetry I’d written when I was 10! It was honorable mention in a statewide contest for students in 7th through 12th grade. When I went to school the next day, the teacher who had encouraged me to enter was so excited, she made me feel like a celebrity!
The next time I won a writing award was about 15 years later. I was taking a creative writing course at the local community college and our instructor encouraged all of us to enter our best work. I picked my best short story, but I already knew there was much better talent in my classroom. Just for fun, I also entered some more recent poetry and I wrote an expository essay just for the contest.
This was not as hard as it sounds, since I had a slave-driver of a teacher in 10th grade Honors English and he required a five paragraph literary analysis every Monday. I learned to analyze literature for themes, metaphors, and a bunch of other stuff that escapes my memory for the moment. The assigned reading to be analyzed was never easy and my friends and I complained profusely, but it has served me well in life.
Anyway, I was surprised to learn that I had won First Place (not to be confused with Grand Prize) in the expository writing category. This confirmed my suspicions that I was probably better suited to write non-fiction.
I haven’t entered any writing contests since that one, a long time ago. I guess it never occurred to me that people might be impressed by my writing awards at some point in the future. Hopefully, you are sufficiently impressed, now that you know.
Currently, I’m looking for clients, especially indie authors. I also enjoy helping students create papers they can be proud to submit in class. Whatever your needs, I can help you to do it better.
I help people translate their ideas into words.
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