Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be an author. That was my biggest dream in life. I wrote my first story when I was five (you can read about that here if you missed it..check out the pic at the end of entry. It will haunt me for the rest of my life haha) and that was the start of my long writing journey. In high school, I managed to complete two novels. Unfortunately, one got lost forever as the computer I was using at the time crashed before I could back up the file. The other I still have, not really sure what to do with. It’s kind of just sitting in my documents, waiting for something. I don’t even know if it’s really good enough to be published.
I digress. When I first attended college, writing fell by the wayside. School work consumed a lot of my time and when I wasn’t doing that, I was out with friends. It wasn’t the second semester of my freshman year where I found the passion again. A little screenplay set off by a long, epic impromptu story I told to a friend made all the difference. It brought back that reason to write again.
I’ve always told myself that I wasn’t going to be some generic writer who does it just for the heck of it. I’m not setting out to be on Oprah’s Book Club (though if it ever happens, I won’t say no…).
I write because it makes me the happiest. I write because it makes me who I am.
The novel I’m working on right now is about a topic that not everyone wants to talk about, but it’s out there. I want to write this book to open up the lines of communication and get people to talk about something they may have been hiding from friends or family. I want to change someone’s perspective on things, to let them see a different side of life they may have never experienced before. I want to delve deep into those personal issues. Yes, sometimes, it isn’t easy to be so personal. It can get hard to put my characters through such trials, but I really feel it’ll be worth it once people have this book in their hands.
All writers should have a huge passion for what they do. Sadly, some do not, and that shows in their works. I hope that my passion for writing shines through in my novels. Honestly, I hope it shows in this blog. I want to be taken seriously and not passed aside as some “wannabe” because that’s not what I am.
I’ve owned up to the title of “writer” now.
“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. ”
Why do you write? What keeps you writing?