Welcome Kathleen Friesen, Tell us how long have you been writing, and when did you become serious about the craft?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Doodles, poems, and many, many story beginnings filled notebooks throughout my earlier years. I was in my late forties when I decided it was time to get serious and learn how to write properly. Through a friend, I found Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild. At the time, It offered a two-year online course that covered all of the basics. That course changed my life. (CWG no longer exists, but Mr. Jenkins recently started a new online writing course.)
What did you find appealing in this course?
First, the fact that it was online. That meant I could continue with my assignments even while we moved across two provinces and lived, for a while, in our RV. Second, each student was assigned a personal mentor. That one-on-one communication made all the difference to me.
Do you work outside the home?
Not unless you count working in my garden! My husband and I retired almost two years ago, so I don’t have many interruptions—as long as he has a project to keep him busy.
What is your best time for writing?
I’m an ease-into-the-day kind of gal, so mornings are my favorite time to sit with my laptop and write. But if necessary, I can continue through the day, especially if the story is being particularly stubborn.
What particular challenges do you face as a writer?
It would be easier to list challenges I don’t face. But learning new technologies is a real challenge for me, as is learning all about marketing. I’m considering dipping my toes into the indie field with my newly started series, and the learning curve there appears as steep as the Matterhorn.
How are you working to resolve them?
Read, read, and read some more. And, because I’m female, I ask for help! Seriously, there is a LOT of information online, and I keep working at it a little at a time.
What advice would you give to an older person who dreams of becoming a writer?
Write! Take courses as you can—there’s an abundance of online writing aids and information. Join a local writers’ group if you can, and be sure to join an online group that offers critique groups. That has improved my writing and understanding of the craft in a unique way. Do not assume that your age disqualifies you. You bring your life experience to your work, and that’s priceless. Go for it!
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