The Beginning: Journey of a Nurse-Writer

Hi! My name is Cassie (Anne Frye). I guess I should begin by saying that I am a nurse, first and foremost. I always knew I wanted to go into a ‘medical’ profession. First it was a Veterinarian, until I changed my mind. I wanted to work with people, and so I chose nursing. I’m also half Korean by my mother, I can play the piano, I’m an only child, and I hate peas. Ew.

I also happen to be 22 and a love of classic movies and classic literature (i.e. Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, Roman Holiday, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird)

So what does this have to do with writing? I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I enjoyed reading, and I enjoyed coming up with my own stories. In middle school, I attempted to write, but without success. I’d get bored, and I’d move one to something else more interesting (be it school, friends, a book, or another story idea). Then I met a real-life person who had the perseverance to not just write, but stick with a story for > 300 pages. She inspired me, and so I sought out to write my own novel.

It’s a horrible story. Filled with cliches and cardboard characters. It probably won’t ever see the light of day again.

Then I wrote another story, and discovered FictionPress. I received feedback, and continued writing for the rest of high school. Then I graduated, and college happened. I lacked inspiration, and I lacked time. This lead to four years of nothing.

Only recently have I had the time, and motivation, to write a story I truly care about. I don’t want to just write a horrible first draft. I want to write a story that I can be proud of, a story that I might one day publish, and that will take time and hours upon hours of revisions. I’ve also been fortunate enough to discover the Young Adult genre, and all it has to offer. I’ve read so much lately, and I’ve been burning with the desire to write something of my own.

I am now armed with a really unique idea, so we’ll see what comes of it. My goal is to have a rough draft by April, so I can spend my summer editing, revising, and rewriting. Wish me luck. And, I wish all you writers out there good luck as well.

Happy writing,

Cassie