I would have been a boy of maybe six or seven years of age when I first knew I wanted to be a writer. I would write stories in grade one about a pig who had no friends, or a tiger who had no friends, and they were. . . terrible. It obviously had nothing to do with the premise of these stories; they were solid gold and had absolutely nothing to do with any deep-seated psychological issue. It’s just that, well you know; writing is hard. Writing is hard and only the supremely gifted can prevail.
Do you know how you become a writer? The answer is obvious. You read: right? Armed with this sure-fire way to successfully become a writer, I started devouring books. This was great, I was learning all about how to write. But wow, those people were right; these novels are amazing and I’m nowhere near this good!
“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin”
Oh I know what the problem is; I just don’t have life experience. I’ll work for a few years, travel a little, maybe I’ll study history and that will help me develop fantasy worlds akin to the medieval ages. That will help me develop a solid foundation and help me build believable worlds and characters. A few years turns into more and before you know it, it’s twenty-six years later. The timing couldn’t be any worse; I have a wife, a kid, a full-time job. I have a host of commitments and responsibilities and it would be close to impossible to start now.
“Close to” is far enough away for me and here I am, writing and all. It’s amazing how much one can learn by just doing. Who would have thought that the key to being a writer is to write? What I plan to do here is to share what I write and what I learn and hopefully that helps you in some small way. Join me on my journey, help me in my quest and I hope that this helps you in turn.