At hope*writers, we love to highlight our members and their writing progress, and this month we’re celebrating nonfiction writer Stephanie Lewis.
We asked Stephanie to tell us about her writing journey as a hope*writer. Here’s Stephanie’s story in her own words.
Childhood — I wrote poems or letters and gave them to people I loved and/or looked up to. It was clear to me early on that I communicated best in writing.
My big win is the confidence I have developed. I have known that I am a writer for most of my life. I just didn't dare say that out loud. Now, I am confident that the words I write are making a difference for people. I publicly admit to being a writer. That has opened doors for me in my local community.
Guided hope*circles have helped the most. The ability to talk to random writers all over the world has been eye-opening for me. I have gotten more encouragement than I have ever received from breakout groups, especially concerning my ideas. I have always struggled with believing I had nothing worth sharing, and my ideas are lame. I know now that I can most definitely write for a larger audience and others want to hear what I have to say.
Not only are there people who "get" me, but the amount of ongoing education available on literally every topic is astounding. As a lifetime member, there is no end to the help available. Also, there is no pressure, just whatever level of support needed on any given day.
I had heard of hope*writers for a while and stubbornly refused to even explore it. I was so afraid I would feel insignificant, or worse, find out that I am a terrible writer and should hang it up. I am so happy I was able to push past my fear. The benefits have immeasurably surpassed the risks. I feel like in hope*writers, I have everything I could possibly need to be successful as the writer I most certainly am.
Do you communicate best through writing like Stephanie but struggle with confidence? Wherever you are on the writing journey, we’re here to help. Here’s the good news: there's a path to making progress, and you're already on it. Take our short quiz to discover your writing stage today.