The question that I’m most often asked is how long I’ve been writing. Many people assume that writing novels is something I’ve done my entire life. That’s not the case. So this got me thinking and I thought it might be fun if I shared how my writing journey began and some of the bumps and joys I’ve experienced along the way (because people assume it is an easy journey…it’s not). So without further adieu….
How it all began for me…
Like most kids, the answer to ‘what do you want to do when you grow up’ changed about a zillion times over the course of my childhood. In grade school, I had the pipe dream of wanting to be a model. Then I wanted to be an astronaut (I thank Space Camp, the movie, for that). But by the time I started high school, I realized I needed to choose something more practical. For a short stint, I thought I’d become a physical therapist or an FBI agent. The closest career choice to writing I had considered was journalism.
Throughout grade school and high school, I wrote a lot of poetry and enjoyed creative writing assignments. Around the seventh grade, I attempted my first novel but didn’t make it past the first five pages. When my parents decided to send me to Catholic high school, I pushed creative writing aside to focus on my studies to ensure my parents got their money’s worth. And once I was off to college, working full time and paying my own way through, the last thing on my mind was creative writing.
As I started college, I seriously thought about becoming a lawyer before my engineer brother influenced me. I started college thinking I was going to be an electrical engineer…until I looked at the curriculum and decided I didn’t want to take all those math classes. I ended up graduating with an accounting degree.
I can definitively say I did not have a passion for accounting. I chose the profession because my Accounting I professor told me she thought I’d excel at it and it was a career that afforded stability and good pay. Seeing as I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living, and I was in my 2nd year of college and needed to declare a major, it sounded like a good choice to me.
So off I went into the real world with my 4-year accounting degree. I practiced public accounting for a little while, obtained my CPA, and then eventually moved into banking where I continue to work today (yes, I have a day job). And I never thought about writing.
It was in 2009 when I experienced my career midlife crisis. At that time, the company I had been working for had been acquired so the status of my job was uncertain. This event caused me to reevaluate what I did for a living. There’s nothing wrong with what I do, but I realized that I was unfulfilled on a professional level. At this same time, I had finished reading a popular series of books, the premise of which was so simple that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. I stewed over this for a few hours thinking about how much I used to like writing. I also figured if this author, and other people could write books, then I could too. That night I declared to my husband that I was going to write a book. (For the record, I still think he thought I was nuts that night when I told him this ☺).
And that’s how I decided that I wanted to be an author!
Stay tuned for the next installment on how I decided just what in the heck I was going to write about.
Have you ever been passionate about something, but somehow life got in the way and distracted you from that passion? How did you rediscover your passion? Leave a comment below!