On Becoming A Writer: Beth Amanda

An important part of every writer’s journey is the transition from seeing ourselves as “someone who writes” to seeing ourselves as writers.  We asked all the Go Dog Go Baristas to tell us a little bit about their journey as a writer.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the Baristas and are inspired by their stories.

Beth Amanda

 

When you did you start writing?

In January of 2014 I joined Twitter, but didn’t start writing poetry on Twitter until that summer after finding amazing writers and what was on there.  I had no idea the community of writers supporting each other or the freedom to write what and who you are.  With encouragement from a friend I met on Twitter, I jumped in. I didn’t even know I wanted to write poetry, but the fit was right.

I have, actually, kept journals my whole life, off and on, and love the craft of forming words into something others will read.

What kind of writing do you do?

At the moment I am mainly in love with poetry.  Sensual, erotic, and love are my go-to’s right now.   It’s an outlet for all the emotions and feelings I have always tucked away in my own closet.  I do have a free-spirited, humorous side, too, that shows up once in a while on my personal blog.  I like freedom, fun, and the wild of daring to do things others would not.

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

As with most writers, my life and the observations of life around me prove to be great inspiration.  Wondering what is behind the motions, conversations, and looks of people intrigues me.  There is always something buried and hidden, and I like to imagine that.

Writing prompts on all social media are also where I get a start and are what got me writing in the first place. A line in a song or book or someone else’s writing can also be a springboard.

What are you current writing rituals/practices? 

I admit, I am not a disciplined person. Wherever and whenever something hits me, I write.  Mornings and late nights tend to be good times for me. But with my newfound freedom of time, I really enjoy going to some little bar on an afternoon where no one really knows me, usually sitting at the bar, chardonnay or vodka, and write away.  I enjoy the out of the way, not well known places, but I like the chatter with the bartender or some of the patrons. Can turn interesting. I’m a people person, so I sometimes like to be around people when I write; other times I love quiet of no one around.  I’m an oxymoron.

When did you start thinking of yourself as a writer?

When I first got married, at 24, I thought I wanted to be a children’s book writer.  I took a correspondence course and did well, and I think that was my first thought of, “I can write. I want to be a writer.” (I have definitely changed my focus as a writer since then!)

What are your future writing goals?

I didn’t really have any goals at first.  I just thrived off positive feedback and the people I connected with on social media.  Now, I want to publish my poems and see my name on a book cover. I eventually want to branch out with erotic short stories.  I’d love to get my butt in gear and simply submit to blog sites, etc. who publish others’ works.  I am just not that savvy yet!! Truly, all that is out there as possibility overwhelms me.  I’d totally let someone take my hand and lead me!

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”  Gloria Steinem

8 thoughts on “On Becoming A Writer: Beth Amanda

  1. Hi Beth – really good to find out a little more about you. I’m now of an age where nothing much surprises me but you writing children’s stories made me do a double take! As you know, I’ve been reading you for quite a while now and sensual poetry in your hands is a higher form of class. Don’t ever doubt yourself, your talent, your way with words, always shines through. See you somewhere one day. Cheers – Eric.

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  3. Eric,
    Thanks for reading about me. And yes, the children’s stories is kind of funny now. I was trying to find my niche I guess. But that was not it! I am humbled by your compliment and words of encouragement. One day… yes, I would like to see you!
    Beth

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  4. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:

    Come And Enjoy Meeting Beth – A.K.A. Midwest Fantasy And Learn How She Became A Writer Of Sensual, Erotic And Love Poems.

    She Says, “I Like Freedom, Fun And The Wild Of Daring To Do Things Others Would Not.” The First Poem I Read By Her Was “Crazy” And I’ve Been Hooked On Her Words Ever Since. They Have A Way Of Speaking To My Heart And I Hope They Will For You Too!! Please Visit Her Blog.

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  5. Reblogged this on Midwest Fantasy Writes and commented:

    For all my readers used to seeing only my legs, here’s a peek at Beth Amanda Stava, the woman who for 4 years now has only been a fantasy—Midwest Fantasy. This was an interview for the godoggocafe.com site which is a wonderful community supporting writers and promoting the awesome writing found here at WordPress. Take a look and follow!

    March 1st I decided it was time to put my name to my writing (March Madness kind of led me to it) and let my friends and family know what I’ve been up to for these past few years. I started Midwest Fantasy’s Poetry page on Facebook (@midwestfantasypoetry) and came out of my poetry closet😬. I was scared to death to be uncovered to those closest to me, but it has truly been a freeing feeling to be “me.” And the response warmed my heart and gave me courage to write on!

    I hope I don’t scare any of you off with a peak at reality, and you continue to read here. Feel free to follow my Facebook, and I’m also on Twitter. I continue to be humbled by the support of all of you here and look forward to what is ahead.

    The true Midwest Fantasy,
    Beth Amanda Stava

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