I bought my first issue of Writer's Digest when I was 14. It was the only issue I had for a long time. I read, re-read, and made multiple notes in that one copy! Through this publication I learned of Long Ridge Writer's Group, which I would remember and take a course with years later.
I have been writing stories since I was six years old. I got encouragement from many places, but this magazine proved to be a turning point. In early adulthood I almost abandoned writing for a few years. But at the inevitable point I got back in it, Writer's Digest was where I turned. This time I discovered the web site and forums. I also discovered the contests. I received an Honorable Mention in the 78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, which gave me the confidence that I had gotten myself on the right track. I was also one of five winners in this year's #AprilFoolsForWriter'sContest.
I have now been published through several formats, most notably Windy City Times and QueerTeen Press. Without Writer's Digest as a foundation, I don't know where I would be! I'm still at the beginning of what I hope is a long and satisfying career, and I'm looking forward to the future!