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Who is Christine Senter
Who is Christine Senter
Though my life has never been boring, there have been a lot of ups and downs along the way. From the days in high school when I thought I'd be the next Danielle Steele or Jackie Collins to the present where I find myself doing more article writing than fictional. This has been a journey that has defined me as a writer, as a wife and mother, and as the person I am today. It's been a long journey, but it's been one that I will cherish throughout the rest of my days. And why is that? Because there is only one Christine Senter, and that would be ME!!!!!
How it all started
I realized that I loved writing when I was in the 4th grade. We had a writing assignment where we had to create an ivention using our names. At that time, my last name was Wickwire, so I invented a burgler alarm that used a hundred feet of candle wick and a hundred feet of barbed wire. The wire kept the thief from getting away, and the candle wick set him on fire. Not the best work I've ever done, but it earned me an A from the teacher and a life-long love of writing.
The Poetry Years
Throughout high school, I wrote tons of poems. I wrote poems about anything and everything I could think of and it helped get me through some pretty rough patches of my life. One day, I decided to let my creative writing teacher look through some of my best poems. He looked me right in the eye and said, "I don't want to disuade you from your goals, but if you're planning on becoming a writer, you might want to find a second option". I was crushed, but at the same time, I was driven to do one thing in my life; prove that dork wrong.
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Published at last
After I got married, I continued to write my poems and short stories. I had to find something to do as I was a stay-at-home mom with a tiny baby and a burning desire to write. The only thing I had to work with was an old 1959 manual typewriter, but I put that baby to the test. I wrote several poems, stories, and worked on the rough draft of a novel that is still sitting in a drawer somewhere. I submitted my poems to magazines and chapbooks all around the country, and finally got one of them published in a chapbook out of Texas. It was a dream come true and the beginning of my writing career. For the next couple of years, I submitted almost everything I wrote, with only a handful of my poems getting published, and usually only got paid in copies of the magazines they were published in.
Joining the Internet Revolution
In 1995, we finally got our first computer and I locked myself in my room for about 3 days trying to figure out how to use the bloody thing. I checked out just about every writing site I could find and began working on getting published through some online venues. It was around that time that I found Suite 101 and a lady by the name of Shery Ma Belle Arrieta who ran a spot called Beginning Writing. I took her class and within a few months was running a column on one of her websites (The E-Writers Place) called The Write Sites, where I reviewed different sites for writers. From there, I started my first website called The Prompt Writer where I offered writing prompts, or ideas, to my fellow writers. Then, in 2005, I wrote and published my first e-book titled Written Promptly Everyday which offered 365 writing prompts in 7 different categories. It was one of the achieving moments of my life.
The Drive to Blog
Since then, I've learned a lot about the writing business and how to make it work for me. In 2006, I started my first blog, but it was more of a personal journal than anything else. As I looked for newer ways of working the blogging angle, I met a cool guy from Australia known only as Sire. It was his kindness and help that got me working on my first real blogs. Then, a little over a year ago, I met another really cool guy by the name of Garry Conn. This man taught me how to make money from my blogging and became one of my best friends. Today, I run several blogs and still write for a number of different sites. It's been a long time coming, but I think I've finally found my niche in life; writing online.