Ann Aguirre remembers falling in love with the written word at the age of four. At eight she wrote a short story that won a national award for her school. Today she’s a bestselling author writing urban fantasy, romantic science fiction, apocalyptic paranormal, paranormal romantic suspense and post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult fiction. Whew!
She couldn’t have known in the beginning where her love of words would take her. The rest of the story about her early journey as a writer can be found in this post on Writer Unboxed. Reading it reminded me that dreams don’t become reality by accident. They must be identified, held down and hammered into shape.
Writing as a hobby is one thing, but without gritty determination and constant work, the dream to become a published author is nothing more than a vapor that slips away like a wraith through the forest of our imagination, and dissipates into fog on the horizon of life.
Wanting to be a writer isn’t the same as being one. Neither is thinking about becoming one, or hanging out with writers online and discussing writerly topics.
Ann Aguirre can pinpoint the time when she first realized she wanted to be a writer. I wonder how many of us can recall that moment when writing became more than a notion, more than a hobby, and we began actively reaching for our dream’s destination.
My moment? A special friend suggested I try writing a book. That conversation isn’t important to relate in detail, but I remember she thought it could be a biography. I preferred the anonymity of a novel. It was the kind of challenge that many people take up on a whim.
It wasn’t until I finished my second novel and discovered another was waiting impatiently, that I realized I was hooked on fiction. I didn’t want to stop, and I haven’t. I’m still not clear about the goal God has in mind for me, but I’m continuing to write my way into the future, preparing myself for wherever he leads.
What’s your story? Is there a specific time or incident that marked a change in your attitude about writing?
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