Thursday, July 28, 2011

guest article: For the Love of Words

For the Love of Words
by Jaime McDougall

I have always had a love of words and stories flowing through me. Even before I could read or write, I told and imagined amazing stories of places far away. My cousins, who practically lived with us at the time, also got involved with my tales, fearing the scary creatures I told them lived under the ground…

Unlike my friends and cousins, I never outgrew my playful imagination. Learning to write was an amazing, beautiful thing because I could finally keep all these places and people I had created in my head. They could be saved and revisited later, even when new people and places had replaced them in my mind.

From princesses to great warriors, it wasn't long before I had dozens of notebooks filled with my handwriting - which underwent its own evolution from 'can just make it out' to 'finally clear and legible'. Though I had my comfort items, you would almost always see me with a pen and a notebook rather than a toy or game in my hands. I became the talk of the family at one point, some relatives suggesting that it wasn't healthy for me to have a notebook with me all the time. But in the end, no one took it away. Such a passionate artist in the family made more for idle conversation than real action on their part.

Writing has always been not only a part of my life but a part of my identity. When I wrote my first play for the school drama club, no one was surprised that I had written a play; they were simply surprised I wrote humor.

It is because of my love of words that I am so thrilled to be writing at this point in time. The self-publishing revolution is a thrilling time to be a writer, and I am fascinated by all the changes. However, I am also proud. Because of these changes, people like me who have such a love of words don't have to worry that their words will never be heard. I love and respect words, and to think no one would ever read them would break my heart.

I only hope that my love of writing words speaks to people who have a love of reading them.


Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online.

So You Want to Write a Guest Post is her first ebook and is available on Kindle and at Smashwords. You can visit her website at

Thanks Jaime for the wonderful post; how fitting

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