All It Takes is a Spark

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Today please welcome Jackie Cross, who writes over at With Just a Bit of Magic. You can find just about anything there from recipes to pictures and fiction. She is a wife, mom to four kids, and during the day she spends her time working as a product owner for a software development company and heading up social media at her husband’s business. In the meantime, she dreams of new career in social media and freelance writing. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.


noun 1. The activity or skill of marking coherent words on paper and composing text.
            2. The activity or occupation of composing text for publication: “she made a decent living from writing.”
I am a writer. You are a writer. We are all writers to some extent, right? Of course some are better than others and then there are those who rise above the rest and are simply amazing.

I aspire to be one of the latter, but I know I have a lot of work ahead of me to get there.

As a child I had a never ending imagination and invented stories complete with pictures. I played creative games with my sister and friends, and even my dreams were full of life. They were so vivid I could see, feel, hear, and smell everything in them! At one point I was sure that there was a snake in my bed and couldn’t move at all… I was terrified it was going to bite me. Once it slithered away I flew out of bed, woke my dad, and had him check my entire bed to make sure nothing was there.

As I got older my imagination began to fade and I wrote less with each passing year. What I did do though was read, read, and read some more. I’ve always loved reading and it’s helped spark my desire to write. It’s kept that little voice in the back of my head urging me to do something… to write.

Finally, the spark grew into a flame. The voice got louder and I was struck with inspiration. I started a blog and began reading Write on Edge, formerly The Red Dress Club. It was there that I found the weekly writing prompts and began writing short bits of fiction each Friday. Eventually I signed up for NaNoWriMo and pushed myself to write every single day.

NaNoWriMo was a challenge. I’d never written so much before and I have yet to share what I wrote because it is the biggest piece of crap I’ve ever written. I cringe thinking about all the work involved in producing something presentable. But that’s okay because I know that the more I write the better it will get.

I continue to write and look for opportunities to learn and grow as a writer. I’m branching out and looking for freelance opportunities and putting myself out there. I know that it will help me grow as a person and as a writer. Besides…. practice makes perfect, right?

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  • Jackie

    Thank you so much for having me here today, Erin.

  • Alex@LateEnough

    Practice is my motto. (I tend to leave out the perfect since that will keep me from ever hitting publish. Seriously.)

    I’m glad you’re writing, Jackie.

  • Tracy Morrison

    I love your writing, Jackie. So glad we’ve met through our writing! xoxo

  • Jana A (@jana0926)

    This is great! Keep writing! 

    • Jackie

      Thank you! That is exactly what I plan on doing.

  • Liz @ ANIAN

    You’re right! And the fact you look back at something you wrote earlier and find fault with it shows that you’re growing and improving. Keep on going!

    • Jackie

      Oh man… some of the things that I look back on are just scary! Like so bad I should rewrite them or take them down!

  • Elaine A.

    They say, the more you read the better writer you become.  I need to read more… ;)  Great to see you here Jackie!! 

    • Jackie

      Thank you for stopping by today! 

      I read a lot… usually once I get started on a book that I really like I find it hard to put it down.

  • Greta @gfunkified

    You’re right! I’m always so impressed by people who accomplish the completion of NaNoWriMo. That’s the biggest, hurdle, I think!

  • Kate Sluiter

    Jackie!  This is wonderful!  And yes, practice, practice, practice.  It’s what we do every time we open a new post and start hammering on the keyboard.

    Love it!

  • Kirsten Piccini

    Practice, it does make perfect and I have watched your ideas, stories and words take flight in the year I’ve known you. I’ve taken tips from you and watched in amazement at how much you’re growing and spreading your writing wings. I can’t wait to see where you take me. Congratulations on being here at Erin’s…so wonderful for you. xo

  • Angela Amman

    Practice definitely makes perfect.  And if not “perfect” then definitely publishable :)  I love seeing your stories find their legs.

  • Chara

    I think NaNoWriMo is always a little rough.  Finishing it is the real achievement.  And with four kids! I always use my two as an excuse for why I never get past the first week.