About me

Don’t dream it, be it

As a clumsy and apprehensive 6 year old I once wrote a story for a school project which was really just a parody of Jack and the Bean Stalk. Nevertheless, my teacher loved it so much he pulled me aside and told me to keep writing. I still have that story; it remains one of my greatest achievements. At 13 an English teacher told me I had this thing called “talent”. Two years later a third teacher flagged me down as I was leaving his school for the last time and told me not to give up, that I was special and had a gifted imagination. This wasn’t news to me: I’d been writing since I was 6 and had a real passion for the craft. Don’t get me wrong, I lacked self-confidence like most teenagers and by no means did I entertain lofty thoughts of a career as a writer – not then. What I had was an enthusiasm for story-telling, an infatuation for fictional characters and a healthy desire to escape the miseries of youth. I wrote because I chose to and because it was easy . I wrote as an act of resistance, but mostly it was one of redemption. I’m 36 now, I’ve published a short story am doing a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and hoping to switch to a Doctorate soon, but every day I find myself wishing more that I could write with the same abandon, the same ease as I did when I was young. Writing as an adult is hard. Over the years we collect bad habits, bad attitudes, and a host of neuroses which inhibit the creative flow. This is the gray world of inhibitions the teachers didn’t warn us about.

So the point of this blog? To find a way through that grayness and rediscover the splendor of crafting a good story. I know what is to fail and succeed as a writer. At times I’ve hated the craft and wished I’d chosen (or been chosen for) some other vocation, but a I writer dream of being. A writer I am. Which brings me to the heading of this introductory post: don’t dream it, be it. The late great Frank N Furter of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame sang it while wearing lingerie and floating in a pool of crystal clear water. I’ve lived with this song in my head since I was 9, believing in its message, but never really submitting to it. This blog is my attempt no just at being a writer but of doing the work of a writer: to share, record and entertain.

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My educational/vocational background:

  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology with minors in linguistics and communication studies,
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts specialising in Biological Anthropology,
  • Master of Arts in professional writing (in progress),
  • Four years as a manuscript support person/report writer/editor in a research centre of a major tertiary hospital.

Published work:

  1. The Grid – Published on AustralianReader.com, August 2008. 

My attempts at the writing exercises:

  1. Free-writing exercise #1: Foolish dead fishermen

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Contact: sharon.egan@diversitywriters.net

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23 Responses to About me

  1. drtombibey says:

    Sharon,

    You were part of the inspiration for today’s post, so I hope you’ll drop by and consider a guest post on my blog.

    Dr. B

  2. sunny says:

    great post sir, u’ve again motivated this ‘trying writer’. thanks!

  3. pclark138 says:

    Glad I found your blog. Seems like a nice spot for inspiration.

  4. junebugger says:

    Dr. Tom Bibey recommended this blog to me! It’s wonderful how passionate you are about writing. I can’t wait to start reading your articles! And best of luck with your book.

    Cheers–
    June

  5. TheLoveLibrarian says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for your comment on blog. Sounds like we have a lot in common… I started writing when I was young (age 10) and had numerous teachers tell me over the years that I have “talent”. But you’re right–writing as an adult is so much harder. It’s harder to get into the “flow,” to write without worrying. I admire you for going after a Masters in writing. I wanted to do the same, but went the “safe” route and got a Masters in library science. Best of luck with your degree and with all your writing endeavours!
    -Megan

  6. kcd75 says:

    Love the blog. If you’re interested, check out http://thewritingsofkcd.wordpress.com/

    K.C.D

  7. Rita Hubbard says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I just found your site and your wonderful checklist for novels. I’ve shared it with my readers, but made sure to give you the credit. I’m linking my readers back to your site to get the checklist–hope this is okay.

    Thanks so much for your generosity. You’ll never know how much this has already helped me.

    Best wishes for all you do,
    Rita Lorraine

  8. drtombibey says:

    Sharon,

    Hope all is well your way. My friends Darin and Brooke Aldridge had a song come in from Australia that will be on their new CD. I believe the writer was Casey Chambers. I put a clip of it on my blog today.

    Dr. B

  9. Heather Conroy says:

    Hi Sharon,
    Great the read your story. Writing as an adult is hard. Oh the neuroses!!! You have so many useful things here-I’m so glad I stopped by. I’ll see you here or on she writes.

    Heather

  10. Sharnia says:

    Hey there – so I have visited your site from Shewrites. I like your introduction. I hear you. I too have been writing since about the same age – it is something that stays with you, but as you get older, becomes harder – or is that because we are just too conditioned to ‘over thinking’ now and should just get back to being free spirited kids where nothing was too stupid to go down on paper!
    Look forward to reading more of your blog & works

  11. drtombibey says:

    Ms. Sharon,

    I added you to my blogroll today. It was overdue. You are listed as Ms. Sharon of Australia. The tag line is “a lot of sunlight comes my way from Australia, and Ms. Sharon is a great example.”

    I think it is so cool that an old mandolin picking Country Doc can trade ideas with a young lady writer in Australia. Today is Sunday and I am thankful for writers. Through them, we understand.

    Dr. B

  12. pacejmiller says:

    Hey, excellent intro there. I think we’ve all picked up some bad habits and insecurities over the years and I hope this blog will help you discover whatever it is you’re missing!

    Have you seen this before?

    http://www.jonathancrossfield.com/blog/top-50-aussie-writer-blogs

    It’s a list of the top 50 Aussie Writer Blogs. Judging from some of the later entries it doesn’t appear impossible to get in – but I’m sure getting in will help improve your readership.

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