That’s a question I have asked myself many times. I should really ask, “Why did it take me so long?” I know the answer to that one. I allowed life to get in my way. I loved writing as a teenager, and English class was one of my favourites in school. My poor teacher, Ms. McGovern, must have dreaded my homework landing on her desk, her request for a three page essay being turned into a ten page one by me. In my twenties I did join a writer’s workshop for a while and some of my work was published in their first book. However, having a young family to care for was a bit of a distraction and I didn’t make the effort to keep writing. I did make up lots of stories to tell my children, but never wrote them down.
So, how did I get here, with this blog and my first book published? All I can say is that in October 2012 I was watching TV with my fourteen year old daughter, and a story was forming in my head. I told her about it and she said it would make a cool movie. I began to write it that day, on the laptop. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Write it down, keep thinking about it and tell people what you are doing. I have a small nail salon and a whole bunch of lovely clients, many of whom I told about my writing. It’s due to their encouragement and interest that I kept going. Having told other people that I wanted to be a writer, I now felt I had committed to something, and just kept going.
I have carried on writing for the love of the craft, not because of financial reward, although it would be very nice to make a living from it. My salon gives me an income and as I have practically given up watching TV, I have made the time to write. There is so much to learn, so much to catch up on. I have to edit, copy edit, proof read etc. because at the moment the money isn’t there to pay for all of this. In time I hope to be able to present better edited books, but for now, I’m doing my best, and one of my sons is doing the covers for the Finding Trilogy.
My advice to anyone considering putting “pen to paper” is…. GO FOR IT!
Have fun, do your best, edit until you’re sick of looking at your work, and then edit some more. Join lots of relevant websites and learn from the wealth of experience that like minded people are so generously sharing with each other. Then give back when you are ready and feel that you have something to contribute yourself.