2018 is going to be my year!
How many people have you heard say that already?
Well, for me, it’s true.
2017 brought me amazing insight into my career as a writer. I have had this blog up and running since 2013 when I took a digital media class my sophomore year of college. But it really wasn’t until the last half of 2017 that I learned writing this blog really can mean something special for me, that writing it could be the career I always wanted but didn’t know how to achieve.
Since I was a sophomore in high school, I knew I wanted to be a writer. For about 6 years I was determined I was going to be a journalist, where I would chase a story, find a great lead, and stay up late to meet deadlines to make the next day’s publication. That life sounded so exciting to me until I took a creative writing course in college.
I think it was actually called “Creative Writing 101”, as serious and fulfilling as that sounds, it really effected my career and writing path.
Fast forward 3 years, and I had written virtually nothing.
At this point, I was totally confused. I changed my major from Journalism to English Literature, with still no idea what I was going to do with that degree.
Finally, year 5 of college with 1 semester left to graduate, I decided I wanted to write, again, that I would go to Graduate school and earn a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and English. Even then, still, I had written basically nothing.
The summer after graduation (summer 2017) was a real learning experience. I started to wonder into freelance writing, where I spent several hours online studying how to make money writing. I dove into website building, email copywriting, book reviews and freelance journal writing. Through this, I have found out that I want to all of it.
Reading has been one of my favorite hobbies ever since I was about 10 years old. All those years I mentioned earlier when I had barely written anything, well, I certainly did a lot of reading.
When ever people asked me what I wanted to do with my major, if I wanted to be a teacher is what they usually asked. When I told them I wasn’t sure, which is still pretty much what I say to people today, they ask “Well why are you studying that?”, and I would say “Well, I know that I really love to read.” Which, to some people that made sense, but to others they may have said something like “Well you can’t make money by reading books,” and maybe they laughed at the thought.
Well, the joke is on them, because I certainly do enjoy this job. It’s funny how that worked out.
Blog writing, advertising my novel as I continue to write it, becoming personal with my readers as we all try to reach similar goals is just perfect. I have never felt more sure about doing anything than I do about writing these posts and learning that the sky is the limit here at readforthesouls.com
Furthermore, I say that 2018 is going to be my year because this is going to be the year I find my place in the writing community.
I’m going to finish my first draft of my first novel,
blog to my readers continuously, and
read 10 million books so I can write fantastic book reviews (and enjoy every second of it).