I've been writing creative projects since I was six years old. I was already an avid and above-grade-level reader by then, so my mom and I decided that for an end-of-year class project, I'd explore various types of writing: poetry, picture books, personal narratives.
I loved it. I've always had a vibrant imagination, full of magic and romance, and this gave me a way to preserve that, to explore it, and to share it. At the end of the project, I read a picture book I'd written to my brother's preschool and then presented them a copy to keep. In that moment, with all those little faces looking up at me, I knew this was something I wanted.
Hey guys! It's time for my annual post about this year's WriteOnCon! (You can see last year's summary here.) I was eager to get into the conference, now that I'm really getting back into the game with my writing career. It feels like it came and went so quickly! And it left me with a ton of information to catch up on--turns out, when they post multiple videos every hour, there's no way to be on top of it all. 😆 But I always love how the conference renews my enthusiasm for my own writing.
The forums have generally been the main attraction for me, and this year, it was a bit odd, because it seems that I'm now one of the more knowledgeable people on the boards. In past years, I was uncertain and inexperienced and almost overwhelmed by the feedback, although I greatly appreciated it. This year, I have much more of a handle on querying, so there weren't a whole lot of changes I ended up making to my work. I did enjoy the chance to read other peoples' queries and see where they are in the process and help them along. There are some great manuscripts out there!
One thing I do wish they had kept is the Ninja Agent or Supers roving through the main boards. This year they made a separate board for those experts, and I didn't end up getting any feedback there, which I think is true of many people. It was more fun and exciting having them on the main boards and having them be more active.
Hello! It seems like a good time to post an update on my life as told through "-ing" verbs.
Eating: almond butter and pretzel crisps
Drinking: ye old water
Wearing: a black sheath dress
Smelling: my current favorite perfume, Secrets to Keep
All right, everyone! Today I have a post from Marie Miguel about using online therapy to help treat mental health conditions like OCD.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of online mental health resources with BetterHelp.com. With an interest in and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that can affect anyone of any age, race, gender, and culture. In other words, it can happen to anyone at any time or any place. But what is it exactly? Basically what it sounds like! If you have OCD, you have certain obsessions or compulsions. There are various types and different severities of OCD, which means each person with OCD has their own set of symptoms.
If you have persistent distressing impulses, thoughts, or images that you cannot control, you may be suffering from OCD. In many cases, the obsessions are irrational, figments of your imagination, but you cannot convince yourself of this even if you logically know it to be true. For example, you may obsess about being contaminated if you go out in public, or you may think something bad will happen if you do not line up your shoes in order of color. Logically, you know this doesn't make sense, but there's enough doubt that your brain is able to continue obsessing about it.
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