Joined 12 years ago
My name is Lisa Gibbs and I love to write. Now I have been out of the loop of writing since I went back to school to earn my degree in Clinical Psychology. I have always loved people, helping people, and people of all sorts since I was a little girl seem to magnetically attach themselves to me. I can remember stories my grandmother use to tell, about how they would be looking for me, and they would find me outside passing out apples, or in the backroom, playing nurse to my great-grandmother, who by the way prophesied that I was going to be a nurse or at least someone who would help another. Pretty much that has been my life. From taking in families into my two bedroom apartment when I was only twenty-one, to childcare in my home, and eventually therapeutic foster care, which is what gave me the vision to pursue my Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Perhaps because of my openness, trusting people just seem to come naturally. People well I have learned much about life through all types of people. I have had good experiences and many bad ones. My life itself sometimes seems like an outrageous story. I often sit back and laugh and sometimes even cry from the many experiences that I have overcome in my life.
Writing has been an out let for me. It began when I was about 13. I read the Diary of Anne Frank and how she kept a diary (Kiddy) which help her survive during that horrific time in her life. I too was fortunate to have (Kiddy) my friend. Honestly I don't know what I would have done without my diary. It helps me survive many tragic times in my life. I wrote in a diary up until I was about 21, and somewhere lost the desire.
Around 2004 I thought about a story. I sat down and wrote this story "The War from Within." When I shared it with family and friends they were amazed of my creativity, my strong story line, and honestly so was I. From that point I just began writing, poetry, short stories whatever came to my mind. Then I was lead my divine appointment so I would call it to Christian Writers Guild, where I embarked upon an apprenticeship designed to prepare me for a lifetime of creative expression through writing. The wonder instructor was Norm B. Rohrer. I was so blessed to have this incredible, inspirational man, mentor me through this program.
Well I completed the course, and I was on Fire as a new and upcoming writer. Then the rejections came, and I was not good at receiving rejection. So after about fifty or so rejection letters, I sort of kind of gave up on the idea of being a writer. But somewhere deep inside when we are called to do something whether it be singing, dancing, teaching, or the many others talents that are given to us humans, there is no rest until we pursue that which is given to us to do.
Well about a year later I embarked upon another course through Long Ridge Writers Group Writing for Story course, where I also had a terrific, experience mentor. I completed that course and when I submitted my short story, "Am I My Sisters Keeper" and received my first letter from Women Alive telling me how much they loved the story and that they looked forward to publishing it in their magazine, I was on cloud nine. I waited and waited and then after about three months contacted the person on the letter, just to see when my article would be in print, and she told me that she wasn't sure but that they were looking forward to putting it in their magazine.
Well again I became discourage, and put my writing on the back burner. Funny how easily we can give up on our dreams. Well about three years later, I received a letter from Long Ridge Writers Group, telling me about a course that would help me to write my first three chapters of a novel, any novel that I wanted to see published. That Course was also great, my mentor, Carole Bellacera was awesome and she gave me great feedback and I finished the course ready to pursue my writing.
I look forward to writing and receiving ratings on my stories and having the opportunity to connect too many of you out in the community. To all my fellow writers, follow that which God has placed in you. The gift of writing is truly just that a gift. Writing brings life, hope, inspiration, learning and much, much more. So let us write, write and write.
Lisa O. Gibbs
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