My name is Manuela Williams and writing is my jam. But how exactly did I get here?
I’ve loved writing since I was a little girl. I read so many fantasy novels in my free time and, one day, I decided that I wanted to write my own. My first ever fantasy “novel,” was called The Stone. I named the main characters Oak and Ivy (cringe) and I really thought it was going to be a best-selling epic (oh, bless my little middle school heart)!
As I got older, my love for reading and writing only grew. In college, I started off as a Biology major but switched to studying English and never looked back.
Not everyone was supportive of my writing, though. A former teacher once tore a short story of mine to shreds.
They didn’t like my “whiny” main character and didn’t think my story had a “point” (yep, they used those exact words). Another instructor said I wasn’t ready to learn about how to submit my work for publication. I was humiliated and discouraged. I thought about giving up writing for good.
Luckily, around that same time, I found an AMAZING mentor. She cheered me on, even when I was starting to lose faith. And guess what?
Shortly after working with her, my very first short story was published in a literary magazine! Now, I have my very own column at DIY MFA and several publications under my belt (all without an MFA!).
I don’t believe in “gatekeeping” in the publishing industry.You don’t have to have a fancy degree to write. You don’t have to know any famous people to get noticed or published. All it takes is one kick-ass story and the confidence to keep submitting it, despite rejection.
Now I want to help YOU smash through your self-doubt, improve your writing, and get published. Because I know that if I can do it, you can too.