“There are three sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth.” – Anonymous
The Boring Stuff:
Martha Wood is a self-employed writer, blogger and digital strategist in Austin, TX. She is a blogger/social media consultant and has recently taken on a new service of ghostwriting memoirs.
Martha’s Story: How I Got to This Point
When I was four years old, my mother read the Chronicles of Narnia to me. I learned to read lying in bed with her, eventually reading along as we unraveled the adventures of Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan. Those early days enjoying a story began a life filled with books and words as my favorite things.
Being a reader, it seemed only natural to me that my life would include writing. I was always a good writer in school. When I wrote the mystical story of a Native American princess who died and turned into a flower, my mom and teacher encouraged me to write even more.
The words I eventually wrote professionally were not fictional or fantastical as my elementary-aged story. But they were more interesting to me. As Mark Twain wrote, “Truth is stranger than fiction.”
When I became a newspaper reporter, I found that this was almost always true. Real life can spin off in ways that fiction would have never dreamed. Just think of all the crazy stories you read every day.
I found that a big part of the joy of writing was in meeting new people and learning all of the stories behind lives, events, news stories and businesses.
My love of reading and writing eventually led me to journalism school at Wayne State University in Detroit where I learned how to write from some of the top newsmen and women in the United States. From there I went on to intern, edit, and write for a handful of newspapers and magazines.
I eventually left the news business, as the economy and print journalism began to decline in Detroit. I left Detroit after nine years there and moved to Austin, Tx.
As a native Texan, I always knew that I would come back home. Austin is home for life now and once I settled myself into life in Austin, I began looking for an outlet for my ongoing lifetime passion of writing.
My time spent blogging took off after the birth of my daughter. I realized that the newspaper world was no longer for me with the potential for long, late-night hours away from home. So I began investigating the blogging world and found that I loved it just as much, if not more.
I knew then that I wanted to be able to work from home so I could be available for my daughter. So I started my own small business as a social media consultant and blogger.
After a few years with social media and blogging, I still yearn for longer, more in-depth stories. I have turned back to my favorite thing about reporting, which was feature stories. Using my interviewing skills and love of writing, I am moving toward ghostwriting memoirs for the average person.
Read more about my ghostwriting services here.