Someone recently told me that they wished they had a 'natural' talent that came easy. The comparison that was made, was my writing.
This has unravelled chain of thoughts that have sat coiled up with me since, on the subject of strengths, weaknesses, challenges and pitfalls. Thus I wanted to put them down on 'paper' - a task that isn't as easy as it seems, which is the irony of this whole article.
I owe a lot of my passion for writing to my Grade 1 teacher, Ms Coulton, who gave me two gifts: one was introducing me to a wide range of stories (this was the early '90s, and some of you might remember those giant story books that were bigger than you were). The other gift was encouraging me to write, and to stretch my imagination to its limits.