Thursday, November 8, 2012
How Did I Get Here?
I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up! And it only took me twenty years.
Actually, that's not entirely true. I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was a little kid. I even knew when I started college.
And then Real Life intruded.
Surely you've met Real Life. Real Life is that guy who tells you that what you want to do is unrealistic. Real Life says, "That's not practical." Or "You can't make a living doing that."
I entered my freshman year of college as a Creative Writing major. I'd excelled in high school writing classes, and I was constantly writing stories, poems, or song lyrics (I look back now and wonder who that sappy, overly-romantic, slightly insane girl was).
But I digress...
The point is, I always loved to write.
But Real Life got it the way.
Just before the start of my sophomore year, Real Life paid me a visit. "You can't become a writer and get paid for it," Real Life said. "You need a Real Job. And to get a Real Job you need a Real Major."
And, because I was 21 years old, I believed him.
So I changed my major from Creative Writing to Communications.
And I graduated college, and I got a Real Job. In fact, I got lots of 'em.
I went into Public Relations and Marketing, and I'm darn good at it (if I do say so myself). Even though I enjoy my career, I still felt something was missing.
And it finally occurred to me why.
I wanted to write.
No, I needed to write.
So, after much soul-searching, career-concerns, and financial-fear... that's what I did.
I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote until I finished the first draft of my first novel, a middle-grade fiction book called The Secret Seventh Key.
I was elated when I wrote the last line. I did it!
Little did I know... My work had just begun.
And that's why I started this blog--to share my dream with you in the hopes that you'll share yours with me. And then we can take this journey together.