I fell in love with poetry and creative writing in grade school. Early on I loved to read, always checking out the maximum number of books I could from our local library. And, I think I was in seventh grade when it just hit me. I wanted to be a writer, and I never veered from that ambition throughout my school years.
In high school I studied journalism and wrote for the newspaper, and I studied journalism in college. I even was a member of a college journalism sorority. And after I graduated from college I did manage to get a job almost immediately working for a fashion trade magazine.
But since that didn’t last long and in my day, newspaper and magazine writing jobs for women were few and far between, I ended up working most of my professional life as a technical writer and editor, grant writer, and proposal manager in the aerospace industry. Instead of creative writing, I took creative detours into drawing and painting, sewing, quilting, and needlepoint.
However, I began to fulfill my dream to be a professional writer late in life. I started journaling, I took university classes in many different writing genres: fiction, poetry, personal essays, memoir, and I attended many writing workshops. I began to feel a part of a writing community from which I gained more and more confidence to put my work out in the world.
And I’m happy to say in the last fifteen years or so I’ve have several publishing successes: a nonfiction book, a memoir, two poetry anthologies, poet for two books of photography, and many of my poems have been published online and in print. Most recently I have had publishing success as a web journalist. At last, in my retirement years I’ve finally managed to fulfill my dream to become a journalist.
Now, writing is so ingrained in me that I must write every day – either a journal entry, a blog post, a poem, or work on my current book – a historical novel. My motto is it’s never too late to work at your dream career. Especially if it’s writing. I think I can do that for the rest of my life.
Causes Madeline Sharples Supports
Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, Culver City, CA
Vistamar School, El Segundo, CA
Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA (Endowment in...