I have been writing for fun for years. I remember in the 8th grade we were told to write a story about anything we desired. The only instructions given were "be creative." I wrote a story about a purple dragon. My teacher went on and on about how much she loved it. I continued writing stories for fun. In high school I realized I hated every subject except for English. I loved the literature. I loved writing. I was passionate about it. In college I majored in English but ended up getting married, having children, and focusing on being a stay-at-home mom (Which I absolutely love).
A couple of weeks ago my friends all started "encouraging" me to try and get something published. I was flattered that they liked reading the stories and blogs that I write but never thought I was that good--not good enough to be published.
Then, on Wednesday, I had the privilege of talking to the one and only Claudia Mills. She is a very successful children's author and some one I have a great deal of respect for. She told me she loves reading my facebook statuses and each one is a well written story. She said I have "sparkle aplenty" to succeed as a published writer. Wow, what an amazing compliment! She gave me advice and ideas, tips and encouragement. I have a lot of research to do and a lot of work to do.
I do not have a false sense of reality when it comes to writing. I know it could take years to get published, or it may never happen, but I would rather spend my time doing something I love and trying to get published than to not try and never know. I am excited about this new chapter in my life and can't wait to see where it takes me.
"You need to add 'Writer' to your occupation along with 'Stay-at-Home Mom'."
"No, I'm not getting paid for it so I'm not a writer."
"Do you get paid to stay at home and take care of your children?"
"Okay, then. What's the difference? You write and you do it well. Therefore, you're a writer. Now go. Go write, you writer!"
And that's just what I intend to do!