If someone had told me ten years ago that I'd be trying to make a career out of writing, I would have risen one very disbelieving eyebrow.
I mean... I love to write. But come on, a writer?
Everyone knows there's no money to be made in writing. Writing is something you do in your spare time (on the premise that you actually have any). A silly side hobby for the dabblers.
It's just for FUN.
I mean... isn't that what they always say?
And how can you possibly write a whole novel? Isn't that, like, 400 pages?
My life has taken a lot of unexpected twists, yet through all the ups and downs, the one thing that remained constant was writing.
Without even realizing it, it became my truth. It resurfaced as my drive. It thrived as my passion. The more I wrote, the more I wanted it. The more I STILL want it.
And you know what?
I finished that novel. I wrote the 400 pages. I found the time. Because when it's something you truly love--you always find the time. Even when the only opportunity appears at 2:00 a.m. after a sixteen hour work day, and you've finally gotten the baby to fall asleep.
Because passion like that comes from deep within. It's what keeps you moving forward, moving towards your dreams. It's what makes you dedicated. And as long as you hold on to it, anything is possible.
Is there money to be made in writing? I don't know. It isn't the most clear cut profession.
Is it rewarding? Being able to touch someone with your story? The feeling you get watching the words fill the page?
And I guess that's what makes it all worth it, isn't it?
And just for the record, we shouldn't always listen to what "they" say. ;)
So tell me, what made you realize you wanted to be a writer? When do you find time to write?