Having only met Denise through this group, I have quickly grown to appreciate not only her weekly posts in this forum but her drive to bring hope and encouragement to others.
She is also an inspiration to those that desire to use their craft to reach others or use their skills to shine their light in the world. I can see nothing but success in what she feels called to do and I greatly respect the she pushes herself outside her comfort zone to help someone else on their journey.
Please check out her work and follow along.
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Neesersims on the web.
1. How were you inspired to take an interest in your craft?
I remember in elementary school I loved writing, had a poem published when I was young and took a journalism class in 5th grade that I really enjoyed. When I went to work for the State of Washington my first job was authoring letters for the Governor and agency head’s signature. I think feeling like you are good at something from a young age, gives you the courage to keep pursuing it and for me writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed in it’s various forms.
2. Which of your creative accomplishments gave you the most satisfaction, and why?
I don’t think I have one particular accomplishment that stands out. Anytime, I am brave enough to write authentically and it encourages someone else, is when I feel the most satisfaction. It doesn’t get much better than that for me.
3. Where do you feel most creative, and are there any environments which lowers your productivity?
My surroundings are important to me when I’m writing. I like quiet, I like natural light, I like uncluttered surroundings, my MAC and a cup of coffee always helps!
4. Have you ever worked directly with clients and if so, how?
I have written for various other authors, organizations and ministries over the years. Whether it’s a book review, a bible study, a guest blog post or newsletter articles; it’s a great opportunity to use what I enjoy to help others and support them in their own endeavors.
5. What's the last thing you learned that you felt was a game-changer?
I feel like I’m always learning and have so much more I’d like to learn. Most recently, just learning a bit more about how I can improve the look and feel of my website has been great!
6. What one thing would you like to learn to bolster your creativity?
Next on my agenda is to learn some of the mechanics of engaging others in what I am creating. What time to post, how to use social media in the most effective ways and all the factors that play into whether or not someone actually reads what I write.
7. Who are your current influencers?
I follow a lot of other writers who are creating the same type of content I am but are further along in the amount of content they are producing. I love Hannah Brencher’s writing style and Ally Fallon’s wisdom and insights around the writing craft.
8. Where do you want to take your craft in the next year? How do you see yourself using your talents over the next 5 years?
I just want to figure out a way to do more of it! I also have a book in me that I desire to finish and want to have it published within the next year or two. Exciting and scary all at the same time!
9. How do you manage work/life balance and find time to work on your craft?
This is always a struggle, I work a pretty demanding job so I don’t have the energy or time for writing what I would like. I try to make time at least weekly to do something with writing. I have found it is something that helps me reset and feeds my soul in the process. On a quarterly basis, I try to get away for an extended time where I can focus on writing.
10. Do you find yourself wanting to include others in your desire to grow as an artist? How would you like to collaborate with others?
I am always open to lending my voice to another person’s project and I definitely have utilized others expertise in improving my writing and how I share it with others. I look forward to more of all of this in the future.
11. How do you define your personal success?
I share a lot of myself in what I write, this is often very uncomfortable, a bit scary and makes me feel quite vulnerable. I would like to say, knowing I was as honest as I can be is enough. However, it can be difficult when you feel like you are bleeding on paper and in response you only hear crickets. I struggle with that at times, but feel like God has given me the gift and as long as I am doing what He wants with it and being real, then the results are not up to me. Knowing that the words I write have helped to encourage or give hope to someone on their own journey is the greatest feeling I could hope for but if I don’t get that result it shouldn’t diminish the way I view the effort I put into it. I continue to grow in that area, of doing the best I can with what I have and leaving the results out of my evaluation of success. I’m a work in progress!