Ann Litts
Ann Litts
Feb 18 · 2 min read

Finding a Tribe — becoming a writer

July 2017:

I started writing on Medium back in May (2017). It was an experiment and I believe a lot of Humans on this platform start that way, testing the waters of our creativity.

I had toyed with the idea of blogging for some time but never took the leap until I started writing here. And then in June, I committed to simply writing something every day. Practice makes perfect…or perfecter. Everything I ever got good at — that’s how it happened. It made perfect sense to just begin and do it.

What I didn’t expect was to find other Humans like me — and the simple pleasure of reading their words and sharing their experiences. I’d never thought about having a cohort or a peer group with other like-minded individuals. I think creatively that writers might be a rather solitary group of souls.

There’s that word — writer. To even consider that I might become a ‘writer’ is a huge step. But as I typed it just now, I know it is the eventual goal of all this. So if not now, then someday. With more practice, and more insights, and more of this and that, I might get more comfortable thinking along those lines. When I first began my nursing training, I was all thumbs and just knew I’d never get it. Actually, writing papers was the only skill I had in college for a very long time. But now I kick ass, twenty-five years in my brain is completely wired across several nursing specialties. I see, think, and analyze Life with nurse’s insight.

So as I became nurse — I will also become a writer.

I am so very grateful The Universe led me to this place as my jumping off. I am inspired by the stories I read everyday. I am surprised and in awe when another member recommends my stuff or follows me. Strangers are reading my work! Not just my friends and family. WHOA!

Holy Cow! I’m going to be a writer when I grow up!


Addendum: A lot has happened since I wrote this in July 2017. Writing on Medium became an everyday practice. Like yoga. Like meditation. Like walking. It was an exercise in self-care I gave myself. As time went on, I wrote for my own blog and an ever-increasing list of Medium publications. I even became an editor for a couple. Writing on Medium has helped me become a better Human. My list of followers increased to a number I never would have imagined in a million years. I am always incredibly humbled by the support I receive. Thank you!


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