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What made you become a writer?

by | Nov 4, 2010 | Tips For Writers | 5 comments

This post is a follow up to a really good discussion we had on yesterday – Are you scared to call yourself a writer? If you missed that post, make sure you read it and leave your opinion on when you should call yourself a writer.

On the flip side, I’m interested in knowing when you made the decision to become a writer.

I’ve talked about this before on the blog so I’ll make my story brief. If you want to read the longer version, you can click here.

While I loved writing and have written since a very young age, I never had any intention on becoming a writer. I guess I’m what you’d call an accidental writer, in that I’ve always written, always considered myself a writer, however I never set out for this to be my full time professional career. I always considered writing a hobby, although over the years I wrote professionally for a magazine and even placed a published song with a recording artist.

While freelancing for the magazine, I got the idea for my debut novel The Buzz. My inspiration was so strong for the characters, I knew it was a book I had to not only write but also publish. Due to a series of events that happened in my professional finance career, I made the decision to pursue entrepreneurship another dream I’d had for years. After looking at publishing options for The Buzz, I made the decision to not only self-publish but to also form a publishing company. Before I knew it, writing went from being a part time passion to my full time career.

That’s my shortened story! Please share in the comment section when you caught the writing bug. I’d love to hear your story.

5 Comments

  1. rycj

    All of my life, ever since I've known myself…told to my father when I was about four or so. The reason it has taken as long…he (my father told me I needed experiences – to tell)…and so now …
    o-me–o-my the work is just gushing out!!!

    • Stefanie

      Thats so true. Its so much easier to write with life experience. I tried to write a book in my early twenties and had no clue what to write about…lol. Your dad was spot on!

    • Raden

      I was really riveeled when I clicked on this post and it wasn’t a list of unsuccessful tips for how to overcome writer’s block #14: keep a dream journal, #74: curl up next to the fire that always ends with #145: Just get out there and write, buackroo!So really, thanks! -Dan

      • Stefanie

        Thanks for stopping by!Sent from my iPhone

  2. @RobynStoutLee

    I've been writing poetry and short stories since I was a kid. It was always in me. For years now, I felt that I had a story to tell. A really good story. And with the encouragement of family and friends, I dove into it. I've received manuscript requests and I've already started working on the next one!