Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Who am I?

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I am a daughter.  I am a sister.  I am an aunt. I am a niece. I am a godmother.  I can announce to the world, I’m all of these things. Why is it so hard to say I am a writer?  This is an area where I struggle and I’m not sure why.

During the past two and a half years, I’ve been reading books on writing, entering a few contests and writing whenever my schedule permits.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of, right? Then why do many of my friends, coworkers and even my family not know that my true passion in life is writing?  In fact, it was only recently my parents learned of my deep, dark secret and we are extremely close.

Being a closet writer can be tough.  When people ask me what I did over the weekend, I don’t feel comfortable telling them I studied a writing book or wrote 1000 words in my current project.  So what do I tell them?  Normally I’ll say, “I hung out” or “cleaned and did laundry”.  Are they really buying this?  If so, my coworkers must think I have the cleanest house in town.

Perhaps I’ve always been afraid of the typical question asked when someone says, “I am writer”.  The question being, “Have you been published?”   Then, like a turtle, my head wants to go back into the shell.

There are various definitions out there for writer and author.  The majority I’ve read either define a writer as one who writes or one who originates and creates.  Very few dictionaries will define a writer as someone who writes as an occupation.  So, why is it I’m unable to say,” I am a writer and I don’t  generate an income from my passion.”

Maybe one day I’ll make a little money from my writing, but even if I never make a penny, I’ll continue to write because that’s what writers do. Recently, I was published for the first time and I can honestly say, seeing my story in print was the best payment ever!  I may not be completely out of my shell, but at least by writing this blog, I’m peeking my head out now and then.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

4 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Jill, after replying to your comment on my blog, I decided to visit yours. I’ve read your posts and can tell you that the hurdles you’re facing now that you’re “out of the closet” are the same ones many of us face every day. I am addicted to writing and author blogs. There I’ve said it! I sit down at the computer knowing I should write something, and I get caught up in other things. Just remember you are not alone in your battle. Try to write something every day, if only 15-30 minutes. Try to carve out time for Internet activity and limit yourself to that block of time. (Listen to me — this is advice I should be following!). Oh, well, just never give up on your writing! We’ll travel this journey together and one day we’ll get there — published!

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  2. Two years later and you have come a long way, Jill! I think you are talented and caring. The caring part attracts us to listen to what you have to say in your writing!

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    • That is so sweet, Robin. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years. I got a notice earlier in the week from Word Press…time sure goes fast. So happy we’ve connected! xo

      On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM, Jill Weatherholt wrote:

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