About The Writer:
Creator & Consultant Of Wild4Words
Written By Ashley Moore
The day I became disabled is where everything started. After a head-on collision caused me to sustain a spinal cord injury at the age of seven, I needed something that would give me a break from the difficulties that came with life as a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down, and dependent on a ventilator. During my teenage years, I found an oasis from daily medical routines and the constant company of medical professionals in films and daydreams. Eventually, my imagination would develop its own story-lines and characters.
Bored by several long stents of homeschooling in high school, I found myself journaling after completing homework. The entrees were not the typical thoughts one would assume to find in a teenager’s diary. Instead, my words formed stories of my own design. Several instances of medical complications that occurred during sophomore, junior, and senior year, limited my ability to physically attend the public high school I began as a freshman. The narratives pouring out of my mind were a product of the daydreams I used to mentally separate myself from the long, cold days and nights spent in the hospital. I bravely decided to show a few short stories and poems to some friends and was surprised to find that they enjoyed the imagery and plotline of my creations. Even more confident, I shared my writing with my parents, the first people to mention the idea for me to pursue a career in writing.
Unable to find my place among the students during my first year at the University of Central Florida, I found a film program provided by a nearby private college for entertainment, Full Sail University. Not only did I discover my own support system and circle of friends, but I also found my passion for being part of the film-making process. I did not want to fully abandon my love for writing and was happy to find a Master’s Degree program in Creative Writing provided by my college. My goal was to become a screenwriter and watch the character-driven story-lines I loved creating come to life through the performances of talented actors I adore and unfold on camera.
Like I said, my two main passions are writing and film, which made me originally envision my future in the entertainment industry. God just had different plans. Unfortunately, the film industry is not an easy business to break into, especially for a young woman unable to spontaneously move away from the family in Florida, just to pursue work in California. I was hit with this reality after having difficulty finding a screenwriting job after graduating with my Master’s degree and changed my writing career goals to creative and technical accomplishments in industries other than entertainment. After college, I decided to make money in administration while coming up with a plan to achieve the career goals I had set for myself.
While growing up in Miami, my family and I were avid supporters and participants of a research organization called The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The management team of this wonderful foundation is like a second family to me and offered me a job in administration, which I gratefully took and relocated back to South Florida. This is where I would learn document creation and other administrative tasks. A few years later, I made the difficult decision to leave and further pursue writing in the publishing industry.
After turning from a less creative-minded job in administration, I set out to find positions with companies like book and magazine publishers. Finding this world also difficult to find a place in without work experience higher than entry-level, I switched to more freelance writing jobs and positions for content creators. Now I write editorials and transcribe interviews during my small, but progressive position with a popular magazine.