I’ve felt that twice in my life.
Once was when hiking literal mountains. And the other was when I finished the first draft of my first-ever novel.
My name is Rae Poynter, and I’m a speculative fiction author, editor, and the founder of Northern Words, where I equip writers for successful writing journeys.
When I set out both on my backpacking journey and my writing journey, I felt twin emotions, equally strong: I knew I was incredibly in love with what I was doing, and I knew that I was completely intimidated.
While my passion for writing got me started and kept filling me with new ideas, I needed a lot more endurance and skills to get me to the point of actually completing my first novel. With so much to learn, it seemed completely overwhelming, to the point where I wondered if I had any business going ahead at all.
But I did go ahead. And I discovered that I could accomplish more than I ever thought.
I believe the same is true for you, writer.
Where I live, near the edge of the wilderness, we have what we call outfitters: amazing people who help you get all the gear, knowledge, and skills you need before setting out on a trip in the wilderness.
Northern Words is like a writing outfitter, and I’m dedicated to helping you on your writing journey however I can.
About me and my writing
I live sandwiched between the wilderness and Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where I’m working on my upcoming fantasy fiction novel, I Am the North.
I’ve edited and proofread books, articles, essays, and even an academic textbook, but I have a special place in my heart for fiction.
In addition to Northern Words, I also work as a freelance journalist.