I started writing my first novel before I had even knew that writing for a “living” was a thing. I had never thought about writing as a job, or even as a regular hobby. Sure I was good at it, but at that point, I only did it for a grade.
The first thought of writing for fun came around fourth grade, when we wrote in a journal every week. Still, though, no long term thoughts came out of it.
By sixth grade, I was getting pretty good at writing. It was fun.
In seventh grade we read the book “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. I was astonished to find out that the book was written by a high school-er. My first thought: If she can do it, why can’t I? It was a challenge to myself that I didn’t take too seriously, as I didn’t act directly on it.
But then something just struck me. We had finished my book, and my English teacher said, “I think it’s interesting the author started out with an action scene to her book.”
Why this sentence stuck with me was something I didn’t know (while I have now figured out that all great book ideas start with something that you can’t get out of you head). But I opened up a blank google docs and wrote, “I am slammed into a locker.” There, the beginning of an action scene early on in the book. I had no idea why I did this, as the idea of really writing had never graced my mind. This was the first line to my rough draft.
And so I wrote. I wrote and I wrote. I never made a plan, as I had no idea why I was doing this (bad mistake, no plan equals a bare bones of a story). But soon I realized that I had no idea where this book was going and I was a third of the way through it. I made a very loose ending idea and kept writing.
I was around there that I realized that I wanted to get this book published. “If she can do it, I can do it.” So then I had bound myself to my story, from that moment on, I had to finish it.
It was a little while after that (eighth grade) when I knew that I wanted to be writing stories forever. As soon as that thought entered my mind, I wrote like mad and was more determined than ever to make something out of this book. This book had turned into the biggest, and most passionate project of my life.
A bit later, I named my book “Rhinos.”
And so began my life as a writer, and I will be forever writing stories (in fact, I’m outlining a new on right now). I’ll tell you right now, writing a book will trump every other accomplishment you thought you had about you. And there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing with my time.
What do you think? Is writing a “set destiny?”