Coming Full Circle, the spiral staircase of writing

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“A journey comes full circle like a spiral staircase – the same view, only higher.” S. Kim Henson

The Write2Ignite! Conference is this weekend in Greenville, South Carolina.

The two-day event is for writers whose articles and books appeal to children and young adults.

A presenter for the conference, who I didn’t know until I got her message, asked if I planned to attend. If Kristi had not contacted me, I doubt I would have gone.

So what’s that got to do with coming full circle and spiral staircases?

Once upon a time, I attended my first writing workshop called Realizing the Writer and Illustrator Within.

It was also held in Greenville. I made the five hour drive to find a publisher for two children’s books and one about raising teens. Laughable since none were near ready for publication, and I’ve rewritten the latter ninety-something times.

Instead of a contract, I picked up a flyer offering classes to learn how to write for newspapers and magazines.

I signed up and the rest is my resume up until now.

A half decade later, I’m headed back to Greenville on scholarship money I received to attend the Write2Ignite! Conference, more confirmation I’m supposed to be there. Although I still have hopes of finding a children’s book publisher, I’m looking forward to whatever is around the next flight of stairs.

I’d love to hear your full circle story.

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Each time around, I have a little higher view, and always more spectacular than what I planned.

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7 responses »

  1. I will try again to leave a comment, technical challenged as usual. This story is beautiful in itself. Full circles, patterns of life, types and shadows, serendipity, microcosms,, graceful spiral chambered nautilus shaped stairs that are always flowing natural from lesser to greater or in reverse with a rhythm of life that its awe inspiring. All that to say that”Write where I’m supposed to be

  2. I will try again to leave a comment, technical challenged as usual. This story is beautiful in itself. Full circles, patterns of life, types and shadows, serendipity, microcosms,, graceful spiral chambered nautilus shaped stairs that are always flowing natural from lesser to greater or in reverse with a rhythm of life that its awe inspiring. All that to say that”Write where I’m supposed to be is inspirational

  3. LInda Calvanico said ahh! there it is…so cool! finding your purpose…love the staircase analogy…think of the dr. seuss stuff and some kind of crooked winding staircase…or maybe one from those escher paintings…

    • On yes, we bought our son an M.C. Escher poster with the staircase. I loved that one. That’s my life in a drawing. I’m going somewhere … oh, the places we’ll go …

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