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How vocal paved my future.

From creative block to children's author.

By Billie WhytePublished 2 years ago 3 min read
Top Story - July 2022

Dear Vocal.

This might be one of the most positive articles I'll ever write.

In April 2021, I had a nervous and psychotic breakdown in which I lost my home and a job I loved doing. I lost friends after isolating myself due to confusion and my entire sense of being.

The result of my mental health difficulties left me struggling with my first episode of manic depression and psychosis (a condition in which hallucinations and delusions are prominent). I'd first started hearing voices in April. By October, I was picked up by police following a call from myself about a domestic abuse situation I'd also found myself in. Overnight, I was placed under the care of a team of nurses and in a psychiatric ward where it was safe enough for me to declare myself homeless.

I began recovering from stress induced anorexia, to which I was a mere seven stone two at my lowest. I began to grieve the loss of my cousin, who had passed away following a suicide attempt thirteen years earlier, and I also met my partner. A partner who has been my rock ever since.

You'd be surprised to know that not only did this happen in a year, but that I've struggled severely with a creative block during that time.

I could enter story after story into Psyche or family... or even earth after finding a newfound love for quantum field theory but... nothing.

I'd write a title only to be stuck at a sub-header. That was at least until the creative writing challenge was presented on vocal+.

Finding the creative writing challenges on vocal+... I figured it would be a fantastic opportunity to be a part of something bigger than me. It gave me the time and option to dive into the deepest depths of my imagination and see what I could come up with.

Fast forward a couple of months, the creative block is entirely gone. I have seven stories awaiting their endings; some fiction and some reality.

The main reason they've gone un-finished is that I haven't been able to find the time to apply their endings. I haven't been able to find time, while collaborating with several publishers interested in working with me on a children's book I've just finished.

Theres a cheetah in my garden is the first and only book I've written, but I have no doubt there will be many more to come.

I currently have roughly seven or eight ideas for books I'd like to publish, which are in the early processes of development. All of which focus on child development, speech milestones, and emotional regulation. All of the things I struggled with as a child.

To say Vocal+ has paved the way for my future is an understatement. They provided me with the opportunity to deep dive into my own imagination as an adult, they gave me the opportunity to connect with my inner child in a way that allowed me to not only heal but to also help, which is all I've ever wanted to do.

So, all that's left to say... is thank you.

Thank for giving me the opportunity to remember who I am before the noise. Thank you for giving me the chance to remember what I needed as a child and thank you for giving me moments in which to remember just how much love and creativity I have to share with the rest of the world. Thank you for allowing me to turn to you, in my darkest and weirdest of times.

Yours sincerely,

Billie Whyte. Future children's author.


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Billie Whyte

Forever wingin' it.

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  • ARC10 months ago

    Wow. Just... 💙

  • Luisa McKenzie10 months ago


  • Alice Abyssabout a year ago


  • Thank you for giving me the chance to remember what I needed as a child and thank you for giving me moments in which to remember just how much love and creativity I have to share with the rest of the world. Triple, triple beautiful. I am glad you recovered and are able to add positivity to our world. Writing is therapy for many of us and these platforms helps us to heal through our power of words.

  • Shawn Ross2 years ago

    Beautiful piece, thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer True2 years ago

    Congratulations and best wishes to you. Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • B.M. Whitton2 years ago

    Lovely story, very inspirational! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Just Daniel2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! I wish you all the best for all your future endeavors!! ^^

  • Dear Billie Whyte, This is the first time ever writing to another author on here, on Vocal. I must say I loved your story. It really was, and is, Amazing. I found your journey very compelling, interesting, and awe inspiring. I write a lot of poetry myself. Some stories too. Your adventure of which you described in your story sounded like what I had gone through seven years ago. If it's okay, Billie. I'm wondering, would you maybe like to be friends? Again, you have an amazing piece that you have written Billie. I loved every part of it. Keep up the amazing work. Your a great author, a great person, a great partner to the man you have, and your going to make a great mother too.

  • Iris Harris2 years ago

    Awesome. Not sure if I want to be a children’s author, but I know I want to be a novelist. Similar to you, I am working my way up there and being patient about it. I’m so happy for you. I’ll look out for your book.

  • ArtisKev N.2 years ago

    At least I got more hopeful for a future with Vocal^^

  • very nicely written :) That's the charm of writing , you get to know yourself.

  • S Rose2 years ago

    What a great article! I’m glad that vocal helped you find your creative spark.

  • So proud of you!! Congratulations and best wishes in all your future endeavors. Vocal tremendously helped me as well.

  • Raina D. McGowan2 years ago

    Yessssss. As we flow and accept all of the love and focus on healing, we flow with and into such creative FORCE. This is grace in motion. Thank you so very much for VOCALizing your story. I am grateful and humbled for the care in your sharing. We look forward to reading more of your creations! Much love, light heart,

  • Erica Martin2 years ago

    Way to go! I've written on Vocal off and on, but think I'm going to start writing on Vocal more consistently after reading this.

  • E.L. Martin2 years ago

    Way to go! This is so encouraging! You are an amazing inspirational story! Best wishes on the next chapter! ❤️

  • Brenton F2 years ago

    Stay strong and never be afraid to ask for help!

  • Carol Townend2 years ago

    Billie, this is fantastic and well done! Vocal has also helped me conquer some of my own very deep traumas, and I now have stories on KDP. Keep going because you have the power to go far!

  • Kelly Sibley 2 years ago

    I admire your bravery and applaud your success! Well done.

  • Kendall Defoe 2 years ago

    Well done! I wish you all the luck in the world with your work.

  • Helen Stuart2 years ago

    PS you should change "Future Childrens Author" to "Present Children's Author" because regardless of when your book gets published, you are writing for children now, and that was my first goal too, maybe one I should return to, because my forever favorite writer is A.A. Milne.

  • Helen Stuart2 years ago

    I can relate very closely to so many facets of your story and you are very motivating to me. I am so happy for you. I have a diagnosis of Schizoaffective disorder bipolar type and I also have been homeless before. I know how good it is to be able to express yourself creatively and how healing that is, keep going.

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