When I was close to graduating from high school my dad sat me down and asked me what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Here’s how the conversation went:
“I want to be a writer.”
“Okay now what do you really want to be.”
I’ve always remembered this conversation. In fact it steered me away from following my dream. I don’t blame my dad (he was just trying to be realistic) but I didn’t have much confidence back then so I just assumed that I wouldn’t be able to do it.
I thought my dad had forgotten all about this talk we had but on Sunday at a family dinner we were talking about my book and my dad recounted our conversation verbatim. I asked my husband later why he thought my dad would bring it up now. He said that either he thinks it’s funny or he regrets it (he’s read my book). I hope it’s the latter.
It’s hard not to get down especially when you realize the chances of being published are so slim. I just read a post on Kirsten Nelson’s blog about timing which has me wondering what the future holds. I guess that’s why they say you should really love writing because it’s such a hard business.
So here are my five reasons why I love writing:
1. I love creating a story that I would like to read.
2. I love it when someone likes what I’ve written. It’s even better when they’ve chosen to read your book over sleeping.
3. I love that feeling you get when it clicks or when something comes to me just out of thin air.
4. I love getting so excited about a new story that I can’t stop thinking about it.
5. I love writing the words “The end” even though it never is.