Four years ago this past Tuesday I became a member of the One Year Adventure Novel online student forum…
Four years ago this week I became StoryGirl and joined the OYAN family… and my life has never been the same.
Little did I know what exactly I was getting myself into that first time I logged in. I had never been on an online forum before, and I really had no idea what it was or what to expect. There I was, seventeen going on eighteen, a senior in High School, just beginning to seriously dabble in the world of writing, and then WHAM! I suddenly found myself the world of OYAN. (And no worries, it was a good WHAM. 😉 )
I don’t think I had ever felt so at home in a new place before. It’s a weird thing to say about a forum on the internet, but that’s the best description for it I can come up with. I was welcomed in with open arms by people who were just like me! Writers, nerds, Tolkien fans! And best of all… people who understood completely my passion for stories and writing. Having a place where I could ask questions, seek help and encouragement, even sympathy, was like finding a slice of heaven. For those of you who are writers, you know that writing, being a writer is a very solitary thing. With OYAN, I suddenly discovered I wasn’t alone, and never had to be. We were all doing it together. Writing different stories, in different genres, but we were always there for each other when it got hard, and we still are. (We’re a force to be reckoned with. 😉 )
Over the past four years I have been so blessed through OYAN. I was given so much through one writing curriculum.
The tools I needed to become a great writer.
Fellowship with like-minded writers.
A place to be myself.
Crazy people who were just like me! 😉
Challenges I needed as a writer.
Help when I needed it.
Shoulders to lean on, (or even cry on).
An incredible second family.
And most of all…. love.
Yes, love. To me, OYAN means love.
My life has been changed so much through OYAN. God has used it to make me not only a better writer, but a better Christian who is closer to Him as well. He has used the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made through it to help and change me in more ways then I’m sure any of them realize. When I say it changed my life, I really mean it.
So, to all you OYANers reading this… Thank you. You have been such a blessing to me. You all have changed me, as a writer and as a person. Thank you.
And to Mr. and Mrs. S. Thank you. For creating the curriculum, for supporting us and being there for us. Just for everything you do. Thank you.
From the bottom of my heart…. Thank you.
God bless you all.