Writing is a Journey

This past week I was fortunate enough to be able to reunite with one of my most beloved teachers from high school. She was the first teacher who really encouraged me to write, who believed and supported my writing. At the time I had written the first novel of a fantasy trilogy, and she was the first person besides my immediate friends that I let read it.

She was very kind, but did not sugar coat anything. She pushed me to do better, to write more, to read more.  When I think back to the moment that I knew I wanted to be a writer, not just write for my friends, it’s her encouragement and words that always spring to mind. She pushed me to enter into writing contests, worked with me on my entries and because of her I won a few local competitions.

We lost touch after she left the high school I attended, and it’s been almost ten years since we spoke (Man, I feel old just thinking about that) but she happened to run into one of my friends from high school and exchanged e-mails with her. She passed along the e-mail and after a few ‘Hey, how are you?’ messages we agreed to meet for coffee.

It was a total blast from the past. It was good to see her doing so well, living happily, working on art and pursuing her own dreams. It was a reminder of where I started and how far I’ve come. Sometimes I get discouraged because I see all these stories of twenty-somethings with best-selling novels, agents, etc that I forget that writing is not (usually anyways) a quick and easy journey. You don’t just wake up with a best-selling novel written, edited and in the hands of the right publisher. It takes time, there are steps to the journey.

For now, I’m happy with where I am on the path, but I’ve still got a long ways to go, and that’s okay.


And I apologize if this post is rambly. I’m on an hour of sleep and more cough syrup than I’d like to fess up to taking.


1 Comment »

  1. andreakbeltran Said:

    Hope you feel better! Keep treading along on your path!

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