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Member Spotlight: Traci Alek Silva

Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? Writing is important to me because it is such a great outlet for communicating. Feelings and emotions put into words can be powerful and thought provoking. Writing allows me to express who I am–the things I have experienced, the people I have met along the way that have influenced me, and my ideas and memories of it all. Writing has allowed me to understand my life. I believe that writing is an important medium for the world to know our history most importantly. Without the writings of people before us, especially in ancient times, how would we know the who, what, when, where, and why of what went on. Writing teaches us to read, and makes us think and learn. Writing grows and matures us. It helps us to be creative and use our imagination. Writing allows us to reach out to others and form bonds with people we have never even met.

What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? When I encounter writer’s block, I turn to prayer – first and foremost. I read a lot to get my creative juices flowing. I also do research on different ideas that flow through my thoughts to help spark ideas.

What is your favorite time to write? My favorite time to write is in the early morning between midnight and 4 a.m.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? The best piece of writing advice that I have ever received and would like to pass on, was to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, and to follow your heart, and don’t give up.

What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? For me, the most exciting thing about being a writer in today’s age is the platforms that are available through the internet and social media. Writers are able to reach so many more people with what they want to share, say, and express.

Traci Silva’s The Girl in the Back Seat: My Walk with God through Domestic Violence is out now with Clay Bridges Communications.