My Idea of Success

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I’ve always had a love for writing. As a kid, I used to make up stories about my life. I spent most of my time with my grandparents, so I didn’t have a lot of friends to play with. Because of this, I learned to create worlds and stories where I was the star.

As I grew older, I learned how to weave words together in a magical way. I had an overactive imagination which made it easier to create scenes in my head that felt intensely real. I’d write these tales down in notebooks and journals. I was never very good at keeping a diary, but creating stories around my escapades was a piece of cake.

By the time I’d gotten out of high school, I was seriously considering becoming a writer. Of course, this was in a time before computers and the Internet. This was in a time when you still had to send your stories and/or manuscripts in via the mail. I was always looking in the classified section of every magazine I’d come across for “writer’s wanted” ads.

I wasn’t able to go to college and get any kind of degree. Everything I learned about writing fiction I had to learn on my own. I used to be an avid reader. I loved those little dime-store novels. I have to admit that I wasn’t much for those cheesy romance novels, but I loved a good crime novel or mystery.

When I decided to write my first novel, I actually started out writing it longhand in a notebook. I had a severe case of writer’s cramp for the better part of a year. Then I got a typewriter. I got an old 1957 manual typewriter and it became my best friend. I typed out on that thing every single day. I actually did the entire first draft of a novel on that thing. Wasn’t very good, but I did it.

When the Internet came out, I finally found my calling. By this time, I had 2 little kids running around my feet and was a full-time stay-at-home mom. I started out with a little thing called Web TV. You hooked it up to your television and you were online. However, you had to have a house phone and it was a long-distance phone call. It was only an option after 8 pm each night.

Soon, I got my first real computer. I spent the better part of 3 days learning how to use it and surf the Internet. And one of the first things I did was to find sites designed just for writers. I came across a site called Suite101 and began taking a few free classes. I’d found my calling and I never looked back.

Fast forward nearly 25 years and here I am today. I’m still not a professional writer by any means. However, I am doing what I’ve always wanted to do, I’m writing. And in my book, that means I’ve succeeded.

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