So, today is the Origins Blogfest. You can join at Alex Cavanaugh's blog.
A short rundown on the rather self-explanatory rules: Tell us all where your writing dreams began. It all started somewhere and we want you to tell us your own unique beginnings.
Several years ago (I guess about 3 1/2), my good friend and writer let me read her work in progress. At that time, I hadn't written a single word since my goofing around with short stories back in my college days. But we were members of the same book club, and I asked her if she needed someone to read her work and offer feedback.
After I gave her some comments, she said, Hey, you should write your own book. I thought, There's no way. But the idea percolated. And soon enough (about a year) I had my first manuscript written.
Then I started another manuscript. I entered my first chapter (of the 1st ms) in a contest at LDStorymakers Conference in 2010--the first conference I ever attended--and I won first place.
For the first time I thought, Ya know, I might be okay at this writing stuff.
I now have three completed manuscripts and two on the way. And I'm lucky enough to have sold my second novel.
So, I guess I can't say that I've dreamed of being a writer all my life. But I feel like I'm living the dream now.
As I look back, I see how everything has fallen into place in a very miraculous way. I hope I don't offend anyone by saying that I firmly believe my success is directly related to some serious sacrifices I made a few years ago on behalf of other people. To quote a common hymn, "Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven." To find out what I believe, click here.
PS: As with all blogfests I join, if you follow me, I'll follow you. (That should be the title of a song!)