About Me

About Me

Samantha Brightwell - how writing lifted me out of depression

Writing lifted me out of depression

In 2009, I did two things that changed my life: I started writing a blog, and I joined an online community that was studying The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Many aspects of my life mysteriously improved from thereon. I found time to make art. I picked up my camera again. I began seeing the world through different eyes. Depression loosened it’s grip on me. 

In 2017, I decided I wanted to help others experience the rewards associated with unlocking their creativity. I wanted to show them how doing the work brings a sense of peace and fulfilment to your life. Pain eases and joy returns. You become empowered in a multitude of ways.

I shared posts about writing on my Facebook page, The Writing Path. Just simple stuff. Not even my own ideas – just quotes about writing from famous authors and such. But it drew people to me, and I found they were people like me, who wanted to know how to write.

On being a writing coach

I didn’t imagine I’d be helping people to write. But it happened anyway. I’d been an English teacher in a secondary school for a few years, and the part of the job I loved the most was when students began to enjoy writing. I loved the challenge of trying to get them to that point (it was a big challenge).

I haven’t published books and I’m not making a 6-figure income as a writer. Heck, a 5-figure income would be nice! That doesn’t stop me doing what I do because I believe I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I’ve seen the results that people get from participating in my programs and it makes my heart sing.

So, whilst I am a writer, I’m also a creativity midwife or something corny like that. If you stick around here, I’ll tell you more about it soon.