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Today, I’m welcoming J.D. Watts with a guest post on Crazy Writers. Please grab a beanbag chair and something from the bar and enjoy this great post by J.D. Watts.
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I am so grateful to live in a world where there is such a profession as creative writing. If not for this socially acceptable creative outlet, many of my author friends and I would probably already be admitted to the nearest asylum. Eccentricities such as talking to yourself out loud and acting out certain scenes of your story, either alone or with a partner, is par for the course. I mean, what other job in the world do you know that lets you play pretend all day as a part of research?
I love being an author! I really and truly do. I don’t think I ever truly fit into the world until I found my niche in writing and it has been such a blessing. I was always super creative, but I didn’t have much of an outlet for my energy. My art skills are atrocious. I’m serious! I’m lucky if I can pull off stick figures and as I now also work as a preschool teacher, I’m constantly running across the hall to ask my artist friend to help me fix whatever given art project I’m trying to do with my class that day. It’d be pathetic if it weren’t so funny. I’m an average singer and did a little acting in school, but I was never a great star. My dancing is about as ridiculously horrible as my handmade art skills. For most of my life, I had the amazing ideas and images in my head, and no way to express them.
Always a bit of a chatterbox, I’ve also always had a very active imagination and extremely vivid dreams. I don’t know why I never really put the two together until I was thirty, but it just never seemed to work out. When I first started out, it was rough. Even though my grammar was sketchy and my sentences were essentially a series of run-ons, I loved every minute of it. I loved the daydreaming and the crafting, and the finding new and creative ways to explain something. What started out as fun soon became a passion and that became a dream that I still find it hard to believe eventually became a reality. Every day I find myself so grateful for the joy I get from being able to express my creativity and share it with the world. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and possibly check out my labors of love and creative energy.
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The 2010 TWCS Original Fiction Contest winner for best young adult story, JD Watts, began tiptoeing into the world of creative writing by building on books, movies, and television shows, thinking of alternative endings for the beloved characters.
As an adult, she indulged her creative whims, eventually getting involved in an online community of amateur writers who supported her stories. It is through both the encouragement of her friends and family, as well as her friends through the online community, that she journeyed into her own imagination and penned her first novel in her new series: Children of Creation: Convergence. The Children of Creation Series will have three novels. The second book, Induction, is scheduled to release September 2011.
JD holds a degree in Christian Education through Lincoln Christian College, as well as a degree in Psychology through the University of Illinois at Springfield.
In addition to her love of writing, JD loves movies, music, reading, and spending time with her loved ones. She lives in Central Illinois where she is a wife and stay at home mother of a young son and daughter.
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