Anne Anthony 

I wrote on my iPhone while standing with both feet firmly planted to steady myself inside a commuter rail car while the train rocked its way through the 11 stops north to Boston. My day job was enforcing the policies of an investment firm to prevent the unfortunate disclosure of information that should be held private. (Yes, it was that fun.) Everyday, I wrote in my car while waiting for the train. I wrote during lunch. I wrote on the way home on the train. I wrote late at night when the house turned quiet and in the early morning before my husband or daughter woke. I had to write. When my daughter left for college, I quit my job to write full-time. By the end of October, I'd finished the draft of my first novel. Excited by my accomplishment, I took an online course to find out what to do next. I discovered that my first draft was a mess--the writing, the structure, the plot, the characters, almost everything! I blame Murder She Wrote for my mistaken notion that writing is easy. Jessica Fletcher solved crimes every week and still churned out novel after novel. I put my novel on the back burner to simmer and stew while my family relocated to North Carolina. I joined the North Carolina Writers' Network, took workshops on plot, on structure, on narratives, on just about everything, and pieced together the skills of writing and editing. I wrote micro fiction, flash fiction, and short fiction pieces. I dove into submitting to journals with some success. I also submitted my photographs to these same journals. My love of photography takes a close second place to my writing. Two journals selected my images for cover art. I continue to take classes and delighting in every bit of craft I learn. I also still write on my iPhone when I'm away from paper and pen or my laptop. And...I do not miss the commuter train.
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