Who inspires you to follow your dreams?
For me, one person who does this is my former high school English teacher. She read the first half of my novel and encouraged me to keep going. This was important to me. Although writing the book was something I wanted to do, and I would have pushed forward no matter what – having someone in my corner definitely helps. When my husband and I are invited over to her house, she always prepares a great meal for us (her homemade noodles are my favourite), we visit, and she asks me questions about the novel-writing process and where I am in my project. I always leave her house excited about what I am doing and eager to keep going.
I am going to be taking some time off work starting November 10th, so I plan to have the first draft of the novel completed by December 1st at the latest, but in the meantime there are several writing seminars that I will be attending, I’m finding myself a local “Writer’s Group” and I’ll be recruiting some “readers” for the first draft of my novel.
There are busy (but fulfilling!) times ahead!
My name is Samantha Ball and I approved the above message 😛
Do you have an idea in your head of what a writer’s background usually is? Or what their hobbies are? Where they live? I used to. I believed at one time that you had to have a Masters Degree in Creative Writing or a Journalism Degree to be a writer; that you should be in a book club and definitely not live in the suburbs (like I do!). I was also under the impression that you had to have certain credentials or you wouldn’t be taken seriously. Individuals have urged me to write articles for magazines etc., in order to “just get published” and give myself an edge in gaining readers.
However, to me, writing articles about topics that don’t interest me just to get some work published is akin to Kings of Leon not wanting to be featured on Glee, or a singer-songwriter not being interested in “selling” his or her soul by appearing on Canadian (or American) Idol. It’s just not something that I am willing to do.
This is probably one of the reasons I didn’t enjoy my time as a journalism student in my previous life. I enjoy writing, but it took awhile before I realized that I specifically enjoy creative writing. I found it offensive to be assigned a topic and its accompanying formula in order to write the perfect article. In this atmosphere, everyone ended up with articles that were written virtually the same. Pretty boring if you ask me. Some individuals love working in print journalism – and to that I say, Thanks! Because I do enjoy reading it and keeping up with the news. But it wasn’t the writing path for me.
I wanted to write My Work. My Way.
What is a writer to YOU ?
Have any of you been in school programs and/or jobs that were just the wrong fit? What did you do to change things up?
Picture source: http://members.shaw.ca/philosophy-cartoons/