This week’s writing prompt is to write from the point of view of a child. Choose a memory from your own childhood (if you’re uncomfortable with that, then make something up) and try to write it as if you were telling the story through your child self. Consider your age at the time, the specific era in history, your temperament back then as well as your personality, developmental level, and any thoughts or emotions you recall experiencing. Think about how you might have to adjust things like vocabulary, word usage, and expressions to make them appropriate for a child narrator. How else could you convey to your reader that this is written from a child’s perspective?
One year ago today, I filed the paperwork to establish RE:Written as an LLC. I’m still a bit awed that it’s already been a whole year, but that’s mostly because things didn’t really get off the ground until about five or six months in. Back in February of last year, I learned that the company I was working for had decided to outsource production work on their journals, which meant my job would no longer exist come December. I wasn’t bitter or frightened; rather, my initial reaction was one of excitement. Something awesome is about to happen, I remember thinking. At the time, I had no more than an inkling that perhaps it might be time to strike out on my own, to do something for me, something that I was really passionate about, but it took some more thought and no small amount of inspiration for that notion to become the fully formed idea of creating my own company. Starting a new business at the beginning of a pandemic is probably one of the boldest (and reckless) things I’ve ever done, but I don’t regret it. Navigating this new phase of my life has certainly been challenging over the past year. The past few months have been particularly rough as my severance pay ran out and the job applications far outnumbered the interview requests, but each time that I’ve worked with a client and heard their expressions of gratitude, I’ve remembered exactly why I started RE:Written in the first place and it’s only made my love of my work that much stronger. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have wonderful, encouraging people in my life who’ve been willing to help me with advice, referrals, content creation, love, and support. They’ve kept me going and I am incredibly grateful for that. I thank all of them, my clients, and all of you who follow or read this page or my social media for being a part of the journey thus far. I look ahead to what Year Two will bring with excitement and anticipation because I know it’s going to be amazing!