Storyformed: What begins in a story, transforms into a life.
Hi friend, welcome! It’s been well over a year since I launched this blog, but here I am, re-introducing myself and starting over.
When I initially decided to blog, I had a clear vision for how I wanted things to go. I knew I wanted to offer more than just a free grammar tip or two. I wanted to genuinely help my community with something I’m deeply passionate about: words. That part hasn’t changed.
What has changed, however, is the execution of that vision.
I’ve spent the past three months dreaming and planning the relaunch of my blog, so this time it’s for real (promise!)
Before I go any further: let me clarify why I’m relaunching my blog in the first place. Put simply, I’ve changed. A lot. In addition to editing, I’m now coaching writers, which is so rewarding and fun. I’ve been taking courses and doing quite a bit of introspection. I’ve learned loads; about my industry as well as myself, and how I truly want to show up for my community.
Through journaling, I realized that I was conforming to the way others suggested I should do things. Working with writers is something I truly love and something I plan to do for years to come, but at the same time, I want to do it in a way that “feels like a cozy shawl and not a straitjacket.” (Susannah Conway)
I’ve taken these past three months to soul search, find balance, and redefine how I want my blog to contribute to my community, while also beginning to work on the projects that I really want to work on. (Stay tuned!)
With that being said, let me reintroduce the blog and myself to you.
WHAT IS STORYFORMED LIFE?
The blog is geared toward the writing community. Yes, I specialize in fiction, but my hope is that those of you writing and/or editing nonfiction will benefit too. I often get asked what I mean when I describe myself as storyformed, and the answer is that from the time I learned to read, stories have had a profound effect on me. Growing up, I wasn’t interested in the things other kids my age were interested in. I just wanted to visit distant lands through books, which was uncommon for a girl who looked like me.
Stories have shaped and fed my thoughts, habits, and beliefs. They are essential to who I am today and who I am becoming.
This blog is a place to share education and lifestyle content, stories, musings about the writing and reading life, and much more.
WHO AM I?
Hey! I’m Lakeisha, a storyformed book coach and editor, and I’m passionate about helping fantasy and historical fiction writers go from overwhelm to clarity so they can write books they are proud to share with world. I love stories and working with words, but until May 2020, I never knew this would be my life.
Prior to May 2020, there were a few misguided years (err…15 to be precise). I now think of them as my “trying-to-be-practical” years where I attained a paralegal degree and worked as an executive assistant in various firms. All the while, wanting to do something different was always in the back of my mind.
Believe or not, I don’t want to write a book. This isn’t to say that I will never write a book, but in this current season of life, it’s not a goal I’m working toward. My focus is on writers and helping them with their stories.
I’m a homeschooling mom of three. Two teenaged boys and a little lady. I refer to her as Mini Me. I’m a lover of good books, teaching, crocheting blankets, and strong cups of tea.
I am an introvert (INFJ) and recently learned that I am a Projector. Yes, I can feel a little anxious in large crowds but I don’t mind talking to new people. I’ve come to enjoy it. The definition of an introvert is that you crave alone time and that’s how you re-energize. The best quote I’ve read about introverts comes from Simon Sinek: “An introvert wakes up in the morning with five coins and each time he has a social interaction during the day, a coin gets spent until you get to the end of the day and all your coins are gone.”
That’s me. I’m excited to be reintroducing myself to all of you, and reconnecting.