They are everywhere. The quiet ones, the people watchers, the perceptive ones. They don’t miss a beat, gripping opportunity by the horns and savoring the bumps and bruises of a challenge one experience at a time.
They are writers.
I’ve come to the conclusion that to pursue writing as a career one has to be a smidge stalkerish, mostly insane, and have a huge sense of humor.
Four years ago, I gave up my career in Optics to be a stay at home Mom. It was an opportunity I wouldn’t have traded for the world. Sharing memories with my daughter for the first and most crucial years of her life is something I will always treasure (and, okay, cringe when I think of potty training.) I’ve currently changed career paths and am pursuing Cosmetology so I will be able to have a steady income while finishing a manuscript.
Three months ago, I decided to take writing seriously and life hasn’t been the same since. It’s been amazing, starting this journey. I’ve come in contact with some of the quirkiest, most passionate, and clever people. Most of them are writers, also. Some, (this is where virtual stalking comes in) are published Authors and have become invaluable mentors.
The Summer semester started a few weeks ago. I have missed the characters in my WIP (work in progress) tremendously. Occasionally, when I’m not writing for the blog, I squeak out a few pages in between assignments due and family time. It’s been an adjustment, to say the least. I’ve often wondered how long before a plate piled so high will become unbalanced and eventually tumble to a big heaping mess.
I think it is important to realize dreams take work. The dreamers I know, are for the most part, some of the smartest workers I know. Work smarter, not harder. Easier said than done, I know. But, this is where there is potential to go insane. I haven’t known of many writers who didn’t have supplemental incomes of some sort, especially in the beginning. Some days I think: I’m. Too. Damn. Old. For. This.
But then I remember today is a gift. All anyone can do is work toward a better future and give it their best, never giving up on the dream. Oh, and laugh. Because it’s best not to take critics too seriously, unless they have a valid point and you are able to grow from it.
What dream will you work toward today?