|My published books in ten years.|
Oh, I wrote, all right, but it was junior high school essays, and high school research projects. I wrote my college literature papers gladly, loving the books. BUT, I never considered writing a book!
Then sometime around age 55, I began to notice whenever a successful author was on TV, I'd feel a secret, unfamiliar longing to be like her or him. And when I met someone who wrote, I'd start tossing out questions about how they'd done it.
And so it went, never really considering writing as a dream to fulfill. Then I participated in a seminar ten years ago where we were asked to share a secret no one knew about us. I shared that since I was a little kid, I'd made up stories in my head when I felt afraid or bored. I had never considered 'my stories,' as I called them, writing fiction. They were my secret escape from ninth grade geometry class, from nights after my sister died when I lay alone in our room, cringing at the dangers in life, in my boring high school English class. I could ignore everything around me and disappear into a fantasy world.
Once I told someone about my stories, my non-writing career was over. I wrote first a scene, then decided maybe I could write a chapter, then struggling and stretching out my thin story, maybe even a novel!
With five books in print, a sixth in edits and seventh written to page twenty, I am here to testify that anyone can write a book. Now I've even taken on coaching people who want to write -- whether it be a book, a journal, or whatever. So, if you long to write, long to see a book or a story in print, shoot me an email. If I can do it, YOU CAN!