This is an article I wrote in 2017 that was published in the Writing Cooperative. Since it's out of circulation now, I thought I'd post it here.
I wrote it to encourage anyone who may be starting something new. It's always intimidating to venture into something when you're just beginning or still learning. That's how I felt about writing.
I hope you enjoy it.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Over the years, people have encouraged me to give it a shot. They said I’d be good at it and who am I to doubt them? After all, if they said it, it must be true. So, after years of excuses and too many bad jobs, I decided to go for it. Like they say, there’s no time like the present.
After consulting Google on “how to be a writer” (which turned up over 700 million search results — if you don’t believe me, try it), I started a blog. I thought that would be the easiest way to launch my career and the best way to build an audience. At least, that’s what I gathered from the first three articles I read, and that was good enough for me because I just didn’t have time to go through all 700 million.
To get my blog off the ground, I created a website, wrote a few posts, and got my social media profiles in order. Once I was satisfied with everything, I stopped to relish the moment. I sat back in the chair and let a smile creep over my face. No more excuses, no more delays, and no more bad jobs — those days were over. My long-awaited writing career was at hand. Overwhelmed with pride and a pinch of confidence, I clicked the publish button and launched my new blog into cyberspace.
Let the fanfare begin.