Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RTW- #100, The Journey

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs.
What has your writing road trip looked like so far? Excitement? Traffic Jams and detours? Where are you going next?

My journey feels like the turtle of the turtle and the hare story.  
I've written and some part of me has wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember.  Once I graduated college I was working away at being an adult and felt the pull to write again.  
I wrote.  I got rejected.  I gave up.  
During this time good things happened for me writing-wise.  I won honorable mention in a local poetry competition.  
But somehow I didn't think I was a good writer.  I thought I needed the perfect day job that would allow me to work during the day then come home and write.  I didn't get that job but I learned to love the job I had and realize why it was the perfect job for me as a writer.  But for a while I was disappointed and I didn't write.
But the whole writing thing wouldn't leave me alone.  
I was running one day and I heard the lyrics to a song on my iPod and I knew that I needed to pursue my dream of being a writer no matter what.
I came back to the page.  This time I was more serious.  This time I wasn't willing to quit.

My pace has been slow and steady.  Partially due to a car accident and then a health issue consuming a year of my life.  But now that things are better my progress is faster which is good.

I hope to someday be a published author.  That would be amazing.  If I never become published, I'll still write.


Kate Scott said...

Going slow is still going. Keep with it, and just like the tortus, in the end you may win the race.

As long as writing is something you love to do, you are doing the right thing.

Francesca Zappia said...

I agree--even if I never get published, I'll still write. I can't imagine NOT writing.

Colin Smith said...

Yes--keep going, Carrie. Life happens, and sometimes it happens in a way we can't ignore. But as Kate said, going slow is still going--you haven't stalled out on the side of the road. And remember the outcome of the tortoise/hare story? You know who won. :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

I said I was the tortoise as well. :) So glad to know that you went back to writing.

Mrs. Silverstein said...

My goal: publish to an audience of my students. If I can write it, I can give it to my kiddos. And who better to critique a YA or MG novel, anyway? They're why I started writing in the first place.