I started writing when I was at university, I wrote a couple of articles and they got a good reception from a handful of selected readers. I thought to myself Hmmm, I’ve always wanted to be a writer and people liked what I wrote, so maybe I’ll pursue being a writer. Seemed like a great idea!
The only problem was that the degree I was majoring in was Computing Science, which has nothing to do with writing or creativity. When I graduated I spent the first few months applying for jobs as a trainee journalist or an assistant editor, just trying to get my foot in the door. But I had no success, absolutely nada! At this point I abandoned my dreams of becoming a writer and became a computer programmer instead and the flames of my burning desire to become a writer were put out.
I spent the next 25 years immersed in my career firstly as a computer programmer and then as a business analyst. But throughout the whole time in my career I always felt there was something missing, like a hole in my soul. I ignored these feelings until I came to stage when I couldn’t ignore my yearnings any longer. So about 3-4 years ago I started writing, I took it nice and slow and started developing my writing over the last 3 years. It was scary, but I knew that this was what I wanted to do and it was what I loved.
I stopped and started my writing a number of times, especially when I had periods of self doubt about whether or not I was going to make it as a writer or not. Feelings of self doubt riddled me and haunted me for many years. While I was writing, I tried to do my hand at doing other things on the internet, that I thought was going to make me money, but my soul wasn’t in them. I eventually decided that writing was what I was going to do and that writing was my true soul purpose, wherever it may lead me.
No matter how scared you are just start writing, don’t wait like I did, otherwise your soul will suffer.
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