I often get asked if I have wanted to be a writer since I was a child. The short answer is NO.
If you had asked me (and people did!) back in elementary school what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer would definitely not have been "writer." Not even for a minute. I even remember telling a friend that I thought creative writing was boring!
I wanted to be a lot of different things when I was younger: a teacher, a doctor, a health educator, a professional ballroom dancer, a summer camp director, a non-profit worker, and probably lots more things, too. I even tried some of them out:
- I was a summer camp counselor for a few years.
- I took pre-med courses for a year and a half in college.
- I performed with a ballroom dance team.
- I became a grantwriter for a non-profit organization.
It took me a lot longer than some people to figure out my real career goals, but once I discovered how much I love writing, it became a lot easier to focus. I am grateful for all the different hats i've worn in my life, because I know that all of my past experiences are helping me make good stories!