After editing the work of other writers for the past 10 or more years, I decided to use my skills to pursue my own personal passion for writing.
My first attempt at writing something that others would see was a short story for an anthology. Although it proved to be a little taxing because of the established deadline for submission, it was also quite liberating, and very therapeutic, as the story was autobiographical. Writing the story was a major step for me in that it caused me to confront some things from my past, and finally heal from them, in a very public way.
My decision to write about my personal experiences was validated when I learned that my story was selected for publication. I feel good knowing that other people who may have had similar experiences may be helped through my willingness to be transparent.