I am Maggie Watson, an Indie Author from Scotland.
My poetry journey began at the start of the pandemic in 2020.
At that point I had no idea it would then become such a huge part of my life.
Like many of you, I am sure, I found the “lockdowns” particularly hard.
I live alone and have no family, but generally do not mind being on my own, loneliness is not something I suffer from.
But being cooped up all day was extremely difficult and certainly was not good for one’s mental health!
So I began writing, merely as a way of getting my thoughts out.
Fast forward to December 2020 and my first collection was published ( by a publishing house ).
As happy as I was seeing my name on a product page on Amazon, I was embarrassed by the content, but, heh we all have to start somewhere!
I knew I wanted to improve my writing, and I certainly was not going to pay again for my work to be published.
Fast forward to now, and I have self-published four collections of poetry.
If you have never done so, or maybe just toyed with the idea, do it!
It is not rocket science, only time consuming and tiring, ( I have CFS so for me it was exhausting at times)
Last year my work was included and published by Glass Gates Publications, Gypsophila Zine.
I was also part of two anthologies (The Lost Years: A Poetry Anthology and The Sacred Feminine Volume II: An Open Skies Collection)
But, I would say that the biggest improvement in my writing has been through joining the writing community on Instagram.
The standard on there is so high that you do have to raise your bar and I also find the use of “prompts” a very good way to get the creative juices flowing.
Sadly my Instagram was “hacked” last summer, but the support and love I was shown in helping me get back on track was so heartfelt.
I am still trying to get my work “out there” and recognised because the work does not stop once the book is published.
My writing can be quite raw, but I make no apology for that.
It is real, based on life experiences, and I think that makes it more relatable because we all know how hard life can be sometimes.
I will be posting examples of my work here.
I hope you can take something from my words and if you can, that makes me happy!
Thank you for visiting.