Jesslyn Capen Shields is my daughter, one of them. She is a writer. That's her story and she's sticking to it.
She says it keep her centered to write. She writes a pretty mean sentence. She can punctuate, spell, and do the work it takes to just write an entertaining paragraph or two. She can express what's in her head, heart, and soul in print.
I think I know how she's becoming a writer. Experiences. She spent her young life trying to follow in the footstep of her parents. Those two never stood or sat still, ever. She has them writing genes; her mother is a writer. Her grandmothers were both writers. She came by storytelling naturally. There was hardly a night went by Jessie and Allison didn't get a Mr. Puffles and Horatio Hog story, or Brer Rabbit story.
Her mother and I could be categorized as living an alternative lifestyle in our days. We did what we felt like needed doing. We exercised the freedom of choice, or the choice of freedom, as most young people our age were doing in the 60's and 70's. Those were freshening times.We opted out of DC for a rural lifestyle.
Jessie grew up in the Green Rolling Hills of WV, (Utah Phillips) Golden Rolling Hills of California.( Mary Mc Caslin) and the Red Clay Hills of Georgia (no song there, yet) I feel those experiences prepped Jessie for what was to come.
She chose to go for an alternative education opportunity at Prescott College to learn about the world : Kayaking the Yellowstone River in winter, getting caught in quicksand a couple time in one day, in the Grand Canyon and calling me on my birthday from Barrow Point Alaska, to name a few.
What makes a writer? I don't know...I'm only a hacker, but I enjoy it. Ask Jessie when you meet her, she'll have some definite input in that discussion.
I think we're all storytellers,whether we write it or not...everyone of us humans has a story to tell . I think Jessie has the knack for giving a story "heft". Here's a post from Jessie's Blog The Cloudless Sulphur. Nothing serious, just fun.