I've always written.
I'm the person you read about who was making a book out of her spelling words in first grade when everyone else was struggling to put them in a sentence. Writing was something that I did for fun, it was a way for me to tell the stories that I wanted to read.
It never occured to me that I might be a writer until I was in tenth grade and my Honor's English teacher told me I was.
"You are a really good writer," he said.
And with that one affirmation I decided that writing was my calling and I was going to be one of the greats. Of course at 16 I had no idea just how hard writing as a career is, was, and will forever be. Writing for yourself is fun. Writing for others or for profit is work, hard work. It's also very competitive and you feel inadequate most of the time when you see someone doing it bigger and better than you.
Recently, I had to ask myself what made me a writer. I no longer wrote for newspapers and my book was hardly taking the New York Time's Bestseller's List by storm. But I realized that what makes me a writer is the fact that I continue to write and continue to tell my stories in hope of finding people out there who falls as mcuh in love with my characters, plots and ideas as I do, everytime.
Today, I am a little fish in a big pond, but I'm in the pond and that's all that reall matters.