Mina’s Minutes – June 30, 2019
When did you first think about being a writer? Do you remember the first time you wrote something that wasn’t for a school assignment? Was it a personal journal? How old were you?
I have one friend who told me she put out a family newspaper as a child in elementary school. Another friend was always writing stories as a young person. Then, I have one friend who published her first book when she was in her late 60’s.
I only wrote for school until after my divorce. Then I began with a personal journal, which led to a personal Bible study, which led to writing for the church newsletter, which led to writing for newspapers, which led to other paying opportunities. I self-published my first book in 2009, started my own book company in 2014, and recently published my second book through my publishing company and re-released my first book through the same publishing company. Recently, I had another author contact me about possibly publishing his book. Last, but not least, my youngest granddaughter wants to learn how to write a newspaper as a school project.
What’s the takeaway? It doesn’t matter how young you are or how old you are. If you have a desire to write, it’s possible to make that dream happen. What it takes is the desire to learn how to write well, and to learn the publishing and production process to put out a quality product. Then, you have to be willing to promote your own work, regardless of whether you go through a traditional publisher or whether you publish it yourself. But, that’s a discussion for a different day.
So, how old were you when you first started writing?