BIW Member Interview
Carol Williams lives in upstate New York, she’s now single, has three grown children and six amazing grandchildren to whom she is affectionately known as their “hip-hop Nanny” because she doesn’t sit still much – dancing, hiking, traveling — a regular social butterfly. She has a BA in Human Development and is applying to grad school for an MSW program. She presently works in a Library and has an online bookstore on Amazon.
Moe: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Carol Williams: I think I began to dream of being a writer shortly after I learned to read. Over the years, I was encouraged to write by teachers and professors and way back there, when my kids were babies, I took the Famous Writers Course. I had no real confidence though and my life took off in other directions. I only recently started to take it seriously again.
Moe: Describe three lessons you have learned about writing so far?
Carol Williams: Write every day – something, no matter how trite it may seem. Write from the heart and edit later. Tell your inner critic to shut up because you’re too busy writing to listen.
Moe: What are you working on now?
Carol Williams: I started a memoir group a couple years ago and am always working on a memoir project. I have a blog and try to post something a couple times a month. This month I’m working very hard on my personal essay for admissions to graduate school because the deadline is in February. Yikes!
Moe: Do you have a favorite writing related book?
Carol Williams: There are several but I really like Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
Moe: What is your favorite writing website?
Carol Williams: I LOVE BIW. This group has helped me more than I can say – the discipline of writing intensely for a whole week each month and the encouragement I’ve received has given me the heart to continue. I haven’t used any other writers sites really except The Writers View 2 – which is “For beginning to intermediate writers who write (or desire to write) for the Christian market.” I signed up but didn’t have the time to really participate but I know it’s a highly recommended group by Christian authors. I’m just really getting started with seriously writing and seeking publication. I find that if I try to participate in too many things, I can’t concentrate on writing! That’s why I love BIW.
Moe: Do you have an important BIW tip you’d like to pass along?
Carol Williams: I’ve found that I need to take some time before the week commences to organize my thoughts and have some particular projects ready to work on. Also, I need to get as much done as possible early in the week because by Thursday my life starts to unravel and the weekends are usually too busy to accomplish much.