Writing snuck up on me. It wasn’t something I had consciously pursued. There also was no Eureka moment when I discovered this was my calling.
Looking back on my life, I see the signs that God kept placing before me. My hindsight is 20/20 but my vision over the years was too clouded with self doubts to even consider the possibility of being a writer.
In his book, The Art of Work, Jeff Goins said, “A calling is what you have when you look back at your life and make sense of what it’s been trying to teach you all along.” My life had been trying to teach me that I should be a writer for many years but I wasn’t paying attention.
When I finally acknowledged that this was something I wanted to pursue I knew I would need help and advice. I spoke to a friend who was a writer and she gave me the encouragement to get started. I appreciated her insight but as I wanted to focus on Christian content and this was foreign to her, I knew I needed more.
Though research I found The Word Guild and became a member. Through this I was introduced to InScribe and quickly joined this group as well.
The people I have met through these groups, both in person at conferences and online have been a source of information and encouragement. They are always willing to freely share their knowledge. I have found opportunities through them that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. The more I learn, the more my confidence has grown.
In my mind I am a writer. This still isn’t easy to vocalize when people ask me what I do. I did it for the first time at a meeting I attended recently. The guest speaker was the publisher of a local magazine. When I introduced myself to her, she asked what kind of business I was in. Without hesitation, I smiled and said, “I’m a writer.” I must have said it with confidence because after a brief conversation, she mentioned something about the possibility of doing a feature story on me. Maybe I had the Eureka after all!