How It All Began: An IWSG Post

Hello and Happy New Year!

The new decade has arrived. For me, 2019 was a tough year. I made a lot of promises, but didn’t deliver. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I learned about myself and the things I want out of life. I’m taking these lessons into 2020. I feel I have a new outlook on life. The biggest thing is that I’m not going to be so negative and I’m not going to invite drama into my life. I’m going to get my affairs in order. That includes my writing.

This month’s IWSG question is so appropriate.

What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?

Before I continue, I want to thank this month’s co-hosts: T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J. H. Moncrieff. Check out their sites and learn more about the Insecure Writer’s Support Group here.

It’s the start of a new decade and that’s synonymous with new beginnings. I think sometimes it’s important to remember how things began, both good and bad. Not so much to dwell on the mistakes or rest on our laurels, but rather use those experiences to become better people.

I’ve touched on this subject throughout Facebook and Twitter. Even on this blog. But like I said, sometimes it helps to remember where you came from in order to move forward with whatever it is you want to accomplish.

So, what fueled my love for writing so much that I wanted to do more? It was actually an assignment in middle school. My Eighth Grade Language Arts teacher gave the class a writing assignment. I wrote a Christmas story about the heist of a Christmas tree and it was to Detective Falcon to foil their plans. I shared the story with some of my classmates and they loved it. I wrote some more Detective Falcon throughout eighth grade. Even my best friend wrote a story. In my opinion, it wasn’t that good.

I didn’t write much outside of assignments in high school. But college really ignited my passion for writing. Originally, I went to college for a teaching degree. After taking a Creative Writing class, I felt a calling. Something kind of like destiny. I felt this was something I could turn into a career. I changed my major and wrote more stories. I had so many classmates and friends applaud me for what I wrote. I relished in the recognition. Throughout my experiences in college, I had some lofty dreams, but never fully pursued them. I doubted myself. I doubted the accolades. That was my biggest regret after I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing.

I look back on my early writing days and realize how foolish I was. On how my lack of confidence held me back from really living my life and enjoying what I love. So as I look to the new year and the new decade, I’m resolved to make changes. In terms of writing, I’m resolved to renew my love of writing. I’m resolved to not loathe myself and my stories. I’m determined to make a name for myself and let my stories shine.

Just to let you know, I did have another idea for this month’s IWSG post, but I will save it for next week. Until then, take care and Happy New Year!

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