The spark that started my dream of becoming a published writer happened when I was in sixth grade. My school was having a short story contest and my language arts teacher made everyone in our class enter. While some kids moaned and complained, quite a few of us really got into our stories. I remember sitting in small groups in class with a few of my friends coming up with ideas. Anyway, to make a long story short, I actually won the grand prize! Can you imagine my shock? I was a lowly sixth grader compared to all of the older junior high kids, and I won. That was the very first time that I remember thinking Hey, I could do this for a living!
Flash forward to my college years. I was one of those students who started out as an undeclared major and I stayed that way for almost two years. Why? I knew that I wanted to be a writer, but I didn't want to be an English major because (I thought, in my ignorance) you could only teach high school English. I was terrified at the thought of teaching high school because I looked like I was barely out of high school myself. So, I went from one major to another, completely clueless, and eventually became an elementary teacher (after only five years of college, no less).
Flash forward again to one month ago. I'm now a stay at home mom, I'm 33 years old, and my husband is tired of hearing me complain about wanting to be a writer. After all, I've wanted it since I was 11. He told me if I wanted to be a writer then I need to write something. Yeah, I wanted to be a writer for what seems like forever, but I haven't written anything in YEARS. I think it's because of fear. Fear of failure. Fear that what I write will suck. Fear that nobody will like what I write. But I've come to realize that if I don't write I will be miserable. This past month that I've been working on my book has been amazing. I love my family and my life dearly, but something has been missing for years, and I've found it. I just wish that I had started sooner.
So, what was the spark that started you down the path of writing? How long have you been writing?